Celebrated illustrator R. Gregory Christie sets up shop in Decatur

By Alissa Fasman

Enter the North DeKalb Mall where Lawrenceville Highway splits from Stone Mountain Parkway in Decatur. Do not be deterred by the off-brand tracksuits, shuttered food stalls or the clearance sale signs cluttering the windows. Keep looking and you’ll find Gas-Art Gifts, the bright gem of a shop owned by artist and children’s book illustrator R. Gregory Christie.

The brilliant hues of his art punctuate the simple white space. On display are nearly two decades of boundary-pushing illustrations, ranging in subject from the angry face of an enslaved Sojourner Truth to the gangly limbs of a young girl walking on stilts. Featuring bold brush strokes and bright colors, Christie’s paintings contain intimations of his influences: Romare Bearden, Picasso, Jacob Lawrence. He plays with form and color, mixing realism, abstraction and folk art in a single piece.

Article source: http://www.atlantaintownpaper.com/2013/01/celebrated-illustrator-r-gregory-christie-sets-up-shop-in-decatur/

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