Paul N. Grech was born in Manhattan, New York, in 1974. Having been
raised in a creative family, he was encouraged at an early age to
engage in artistic endeavors. Pen and ink drawing, a favorite pastime,
was a staple of his through adolescence to the point where it became
his identity. Grech first picked up a paint brush in high school and
has never looked back. He found that in painting, the use of color and
scale had dramatically transformed the ability of his art to reach
people. Grech entered Virginia Tech University in 1992 with the
original intent of studying medicine and pursuing art as a hobby. With
little money to spare, he couldn’t afford to paint on pre-stretched
canvas and instead began to paint on a thin wood called luan that he
found at a corner wood supply store. This enabled him to work on a
fairly large scale at relatively little cost. Through the last 3 years
of college he was very active in exhibiting artwork in local coffee
shops and anywhere else that would house his pieces. Grech graduated
with honors in 1996 and a degree in Liberal Arts and Sciences. He had
followed art as a passion while focusing his studies on the natural
sciences; particularly in microbiology, genetics, and chemistry. This
scientific foundation has crept into his work over the past few years
and provides continuous inspiration for his images. Although he works
in a few styles, his favorite approach is sort of kinetic cubism that
he attributes to “countless hours of assembling jigsaw puzzles as a
child”. The goal of this technique is to try and capture not only an
event in time, but the emotion leading up to it and the energy
released as a result. Thus, Grech seeks to paint an entire violin solo
rather than a mere snapshot of it. The result is a vivid and chaotic
image that seems to change with every viewing.
Park, oil on canvas 22x28 in.
2.Girl Building a City, oil on
canvas 20x16 in.
oil on canvas 16x20 in.
favorite things, oil on canvas 48x48 in.
Art has been my passion from as far back as I can remember, and as
much as I cherish all art forms, it is painting that has continued to
define my path. I am obsessed with the ongoing challenge of
transforming the nothingness of a blank canvas into something that
tells a story. Even on a small square surface, there are an infinite
variety of ways to arrange shape and color, but it is in finding that
‘right’ arrangement that I am perpetually amused. The artists that
inspire me most are musicians. I have rarely been emotionally moved by
visual art, but I am routinely driven to tears, laughter, or
contemplation by music. Much of my recent work has been devoted to
trying to capture the musician; one of nature’s finest creations.
There is such power and resource in knowing how to manipulate sound. I
have seen how music can ignite an entire room of strangers into dance
and conversation, luring them into alter egos. I can think of no
greater pleasure than to give back to the world a mere piece of the
beauty it has provided. While working on this series, I was more
interested in using art to celebrate life rather than I trying to
critique it. I attempted to capture the musician as accumulation of
energy, and as an intertwined extension of a living, breathing
environment. People have asked me “what is the meaning of this
painting?” I’ve had to reply by asking “what is the meaning of a
violin solo?” I can think of nothing less deserving of explanation
than a pure emotion. It just simply is. I can also think of nothing
more human than the creation of art, in whatever medium and from
whatever source of inspiration. Art is life, and painting is the
process of life, manifested.