Artist StatementI manipulate words in paint. I spin a tale, describe, distort or elevate virtually anything. Paint’s very nature and how I use it, methodically or courting the accident, allows me to cultivate how a piece does this. The words I choose to use are made evident in both understated and blatant ways and sometimes rendered unintelligible. I often work to thwart a word's precision through the way the paint is handled. I weave words together, render them in other languages, fragment them, blend them, or obliterate them. Patterns emerge, and the words can virtually disappear. I make use of the letterforms' shapes and combine them, so they appear foreign and familiar all at once. Primarily I work in acrylic using an impasto technique combined with a soak-stain process on raw canvas. This allows me to work swiftly or drawn-out depending on what the idea requires, incorporating the element of time into how I shape a concept. Allowing the nature of the paint to transform the words, a kind of magic happens.
Gregory Hein is an American painter. Born in Baltimore, he currently lives and works in the Washington D.C. Metro area. Hein earned his Bachelor's Degree in Design from the University of Maryland. His artwork has been exhibited nationally and locally at venues including Strathmore Hall, Pyramid Atlantic, Torpedo Factory, Maryland Art Place and Artscape.
Hein is known for creating vividly colored, highly textured pieces constructed from collections of words and phrases searching out the sublime, the mundane and the merely illegible. Currently he is working on pieces that focus on things we say to each other. You may run into him around Jackson Pollock’s Lavender Mist at the National Gallery of Art.