CoCA Pops Presents

Jeremy Gregory's The Dirty Circus of Life at Columbia City Gallery

February 24 through April 3, 2016. Reception Saturday, February 27, 5-8pm

Columbia City Gallery
4864 Rainier Ave S
Seattle, WA 98118

Next up in our series of CoCA Pops, we're please to present Tacoma artist, Jeremy Gregory, who brings his art to life through paintings and hand crafted posable puppets in his upcoming exhibition "The Dirty Circus of Life" at Columbia City Gallery. Expect Jeremy to guide you through his observations of every day life. From the tricks of a mischievous magician to the inexcusable antics of clown cops!

Gregory's passion for turning his edgy and gritty style of art into 3-D posable puppets started about four years ago. He describes them as his own children with each of them having a unique back-story.

Like a type of Geppetto, he makes his characters even more life-like by using them to create action shots with story lines and has created a short stop-motion animation "Welcome to the Neighborhood." His stop-motion film took over a year to finish with help from Brian Parker, a professor at Tacoma's Bates Technical College in the Digital Media department along with four students from his class. The film stays true to the realistic and gritty art that Gregory is known for and like Pinnochio his main character, Jimi, learns a tough life lesson hanging out with the wrong crowd.

Gregory's talent has been recognized by City Arts Magazine as Tacoma's Top Comic artist. He had an alt-comic series in the magazine titled True Grit from 2008 - 2011. He is also an active participant in community mural projects in the Puget Sound region. He is a graduate of the Arts Institute of Seattle and currently teaches graphic arts in downtown Tacoma at School of the Arts High School. His artwork has been on exhibit up and down the west coast.

Artist's Bio

Jeremy Gregory, a Tacoma Washington native, was born an artist. He creates from personal inspiration and life experience.

A hyper-active child, Jeremy found solace in creativity; it was his way to focus extra energy and emotions. This would be the seed that planted his career. After high school graduation, Jeremy spent his time exploring life mostly skateboarding, snowboarding, painting, and crafting. In his late 20's he graduated from the Art Institute of Seattle (2001). Since that time, Jeremy has continued with his art career -- solo shows, collaborative shows, and commission work.

When you experience Jeremy's art you will find his approach unique, prolific, and raw. His work is based in storytelling and his imagination creates endless material, and people just tend to be drawn to his playful ways!

Currently Jeremy enjoys spending time on character design and production of his stop-motion world titled "Welcome to the Neighborhood."

You can also find him painting, illustrating, creating murals, or working in his sketchbook.

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