A highly successful painter whose work has been published and distributed to over 70 countries worldwide, Gregory Lang has been painting and sketching landscapes for most of his life. Born and raised in Connecticut, he spent a great deal of time in New York City galleries and museums. He was constantly sketching, painting, or working on some artistic project, and his earliest artwork reflected his environment.
Gregory briefly studied architecture, a particular love of his, but knew it wasn’t the profession for him. He moved to California and, to support his creative endeavors, worked in art galleries as a fine art consultant. He began at a San Francisco gallery in Union Square in 1993. With a penchant for selling art, he soon took a position as President of the world's first virtual art gallery. Simultaneously, Gregory launched a fine art publishing company for emerging artists, which involved two large retail galleries in Silicon Valley and a sizable budget. During this busy time of his life, his own artwork was put on hold. He became more involved in the tech world and consulted for several startups, eventually landing a position with a B2B e-commerce firm.
In 2001, Gregory decided to get back into the arts, opening his first gallery in San Francisco’s historic North Beach neighborhood on Grant Avenue. He cleaned up an old Italian deli and turned it into an emerging artists gallery, representing about a dozen fine artists. He also introduced his urban abstract series of cityscape paintings, which became incredibly successful. He signed numerous publishing contracts, including with the London department store John Lewis.
After seven years of running the gallery and painting, Gregory made the decision to turn his full attention to his painting career. In 2007, he left San Francisco for the North Coast of Sonoma, where he found a quiet cabin in an old growth forest. This property became the inspiration behind his most recent series of landscape paintings.
American Frame connected with Gregory Lang to find out more about his career and inspiration. Our insider Q&A provides a closer look at Gregory’s work, artistic approach, and personal insights.
Q: What is your medium?
A: Oil, acrylic, and charcoal mostly.
Q: Is your art your occupation or a hobby?
A: My career.
Q: How do you make time to create?
A: I turn off my phone ringer—and apologize a lot for not being able to keep up with friends and family.