Today we’d like to introduce you to Gregory Wyszynski.
Gregory, before we jump into specific questions about your art, why don’t you give us some details about you and your story.
I came out here from Michigan in search of a dream. It was to work behind the scenes in the Motion Picture Industry. That dream became a reality when I joined I.A.T.S.E. in the late 80s and became a Propmaker and Set Dresser.
My life took an interesting turn; I was now raising a family and had a boy, he is now thirty-three and the joy of my life. I had to cut my career short due to a disability. Art has always been a passion for me since I was a kid. It took on a new and exciting adventure when I became a professional artist.
Great, so let’s dig a little deeper into the story – has it been an easy path overall and if not, what were the challenges you’ve had to overcome?
It has not been a smooth road for me. I have been through a lot starting with always looking for work and putting my family at risk. I also suffer from clinical depression which I take medication for. so I can live a normal life. Within the past fifteen years, I have had multiple major surgeries, from neck fusion down to knee replacement, and just recently I found out I have severe sensory neuropathy. I have also struggled with alcohol and drugs, but since moving out to L.A., those days are behind me.
Please tell us more about your art.
I am a fluid artist and my specialty is painting with liquid acrylics. I am known for my vibrant colors, which I am most proud of. For me, art is a very spiritual experience, almost like a Zen moment. The paint talks to me and tells me it is time, whether it be canvas, glass, or LP records, which I believe separates me from other artists.
Do you look back particularly fondly on any memories from childhood?
My favorite childhood memory is with my collection of my Universal Monster models. After putting them together and painting them, I shot them to pieces with my BB gun. Big mistake as I would find out later that I had a small fortune. I had the most fun painting Lon Chaney’s ” The Wolfman,” because the colors were so intricate.
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