Gregory Scheckler is a painter, art professor, telemark skier and science enthusiast. He is well-known for his lively, realistic paintings of birds.
Borne out of life studies and pencil sketches, photo sketches, digital sketches and the artist’s imagination, his bird paintings mix traditional with contemporary art ideas, methods and materials. These colorful, avian action-portraits serve as an ongoing meditation on the forms and beauties of nature, life, the theory of evolution and the idea of representation in visual art. Although these days he’s focused on painting, in the past his creativity embraced many forms and styles including progressive realism, landscape, art brut, mixed media collage, photography, mail art, and poetry. Today painting serves as an active, dynamic way to compose form, color and artful meanings in stillness.
He’s exhibited since the early 1990s. Exhibits include Ferrin Gallery, Kolok Gallery, Gallery 51, Metro One Gallery, Sivertson Gallery, the Soo Rye Art Gallery, and Greylock Arts, as well as at museums such as the Southern Vermont Art Center, Washburn Historical and Cultural Museum, Duluth Art Institute, Utah Museum of Fine Arts, One West Art Center, Center for the Visual Arts Gallery at Illinois State University, the Boyden Gallery at St. Mary’s College of Maryland, and the Bennington Museum in Vermont. Gregory Scheckler’s artworks are owned in private and public collections internationally, as nearby as New York City and as far away as Tokyo, Japan.
He earned degrees from the University of Notre Dame (in Modern and Classical Languages with an emphasis in German, plus an Art double major), Utah State University (Art) and Washington University in St. Louis (Painting) where he was also an Eliot Honors Scholar. He studied classical drawing and figure anatomy at the New York Academy of Art, and academic figure and portrait painting through workshops at the Angel Academy of Art, in Florence, Italy. He also teaches painting, drawing, photography and composition as tenured Professor of Art at the Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts, which is a member of the Massachusetts State University System. Many of his art students have gone on to become fine artists, illustrators, designers, art teachers, museum educators and professors.