Greg Ferry was born in 1980 in Canberra. He studied Fine Art at the University of Tasmania and has lived in Hobart since 2005. Spending his formative years in Brisbane, during the 1980s and 90s, Ferry witnessed big dreams crashing all around him. Observing failure as biproduct of financial booms and busts, Ferry took notice of the fragments left behind. The story of time passing by remains in the landscape and history is considered and given respect.
Painting is like a religion to Ferry, each prayer or painting reveals a discipline that shows adept skill, realist training and honesty. Landscapes are painted en plein air, providing a true sensation of atmosphere to old building and surrounding environments. Imagined dreamscapes involving a huge Huntaway dog called Harvey are joyous works, full of vibrant colour and escapism. Oil on Canvas, board and Aluminium panel shimmer with hundreds of tiny brushstrokes when you look closely. There is a real sense of devoted enjoyment within the Harvey works in particular. Burgers, Pizza, Chips and Donuts are bought and studied alongside this huge humanised canine. Imagined dreams of takeaway food are probably close to the mark, Food being the imagined capital for materialistic endeavour. If such a dog were to dream, what would these dreams look like? Ferry has created an outstanding assortment of mind-bending options. These paintings breathe jubilation, yet underneath the frivolity, questions are being asked. Combining alternate layers of meaning with technical skill is essential for making great paintings. These current works by Ferry are testament to that.
Born: Canberra Australia 1980.
Currently lives in Hobart Australia
1990: scholarship with Queensland Art Gallery
2004: TAFE Fine Arts Launceston Tasmania
2006-2007: TAFE Hobart
2008-2011: University of Tasmania Fine Arts
Studio major Painting
2015: Victorian Arts Society
2018: Welsh Academy of Art Wales
2019 Recent Paintings Off Centre Gallery, Salamanca Art Centre Hobart
2018 Recent Paintings Swansea Espresso Bar, Swansea Wales UK
2016 Group Exhibition Union Hotel, Fitzroy Melbourne
2015 Figuration Sensation Group Exhibition Union Hotel, Fitzroy Melbourne
2015 Melton Hole 69 Smith Street Gallery, Fitzroy Melbourne
2015 Victorian Artists Society Autumn Exhibition, Melbourne
2014 Ground Zero Opening Exhibition, Hobart
2013 Prestige Waterfront Constance ARI, Hobart
2012 Monsters L Amour Jimmy’s Skate Shop 120 Elizabeth Street, Hobart
2012 Serotonin Drawing Exhibition Entrepot gallery, Hobart
2011 Continuum Graduate Exhibition Paintings Tasmanian School of Art, Hobart
2011 The Raw and the Restless Paintings by Greg Ferry and Kendra Dick Entrepot Gallery, Hobart
2010 Transition Studio Gallery Salamanca Arts Centre, Hobart