Oil on Linen
Detail, Portrait of Frederick L. Gregory
Rick Gregory is one of the few granite sculptors in America – I’m not sure more than five artists work in this very tough, formidable rock. California has a good stock of it, especially around Fresno and Yosemite. I thought Rick looked a bit Apollo-ish; I added a fist full of blueprints. We had some very artsy adventures, one at the height of a blinding record-setting rain and wind a few years back on the Central Coast. We drove to Big Sur dodging collapsing cliffs and boulders on Highway One, to tie down twenty-five and thirty foot blocks of Rick’s granite sculpture against the tempest. The best I can say about that thrilling day was that nobody died. Years ago, this expert sailor was on the winning America’s Cup team before hitting dry land in Brazil where he stayed to study rock building with a Japanese master, marry Miss Brazil, and start a family. He’s gone back and forth ever since between Brazil and California, making extraordinary monolithic granite sculptures, many interplaying with water. His work is shown at the Hawthorne Gallery in Big Sur, and installed all over the world in public and private collections.