Raised in San Francisco with painter Curtis Fields as a father, Gregory grew up around art. After university, he spent two decades living in a monastery. The influence of that contemplative life pervades much of his artwork.
Drawn to the beauty of the Pacific Northwest, he moved to Seattle in 2003. There he studied sculptural anatomy with Kim Beaton and discovered the wonderful properties of clay. He received his first significant public art commission in 2008.
Fields now resides in Bend, Oregon as a full time artist. He strives to discover new ways to combine welded steel and glazed ceramic carvings. His ceramic wall art features constant experiments in surface texture and glaze colors. He is currently accepting commissions.
“Imagine pushing through the heavy underbrush and emerging into a clearing in the jungle. There before you, gleaming in the sun, is a stone stela filled with strange carved animals, birds, and letters. Or visualize yourself stepping through a jumbled opening into an ancient temple. You turn on a lamp and gleaming at you from the distant past is a mural that fills the entire wall with its color and freshness.
“This sense of ancient beauty, the vision of powerful symbols filled with forgotten meaning, and a deep feeling of quiet stillness is what I seek to capture in my sculpture and mural artwork. The pliable, gentle clay medium is as old as humankind, and will survive longer than any other man-made artifact. Steel is modern, strong, hard-edged. Combining these old and new materials to create pieces that feel contemporary yet inspire a sometimes haunting sense of the past gives me joy. Singing an ode to the spirits of our fellow wild animals and birds through the textured, richly glazed ceramic surface is what moves me.”
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