Gregory Uzelac is a Brooklyn-based artist, writer, and comedian whose style of painting and illustration translates experienced narratives into colorful, immersive acrylic, watercolor, and illustrated renderings that challenge societal constructs perpetuated by contemporary branding and ideology.
Born in New York, Uzelac studied Film and Asian Studies at Northwestern University from 2009 to 2013, where he was heavily inspired by Postcolonial theory, Chinese Cynical Realism, and Zen and Hindu devotional art. Returning to New York after graduation, Uzelac worked in digital advertising, which proved to be a life-changing experience that reaffirmed his desire to make art over consumer goods. Post-Consumerism was born in the aftermath of agency life, and it jump-started his career in contemporary art.
Uzelac’s work has been shown in pop-up galleries throughout New York City. In September 2018, his solo show ‘Early Iterations’ went up at Google’s New York Headquarters in Chelsea. In addition to painting, he continues to write for stage and screen, and is a staunch defender of Swedish pop band ABBA.
“As a storyteller, humor has always fueled my work, as it was how I reconciled with my own conflicting dualities of identity and purpose. Humor exemplifies the struggle between two, symbiotic truths – one factual and one fabricated. From this confrontation an all-encompassing truth is born. I became an artist because humor makes us laugh and cry. It awakens emotions and self-realization, so by injecting story into juxtapositions of color, material, text, and forms, I fish out realness that is drowned out by social pressures.”
‘Saint/Cam Girl (In The Pink Haze)’ is part of Uzelac’s larger ‘Mutual Sight’ series. Inspired by religious art from across the world, Uzelac contorts digital age consumerism into modern epic imagery and presents his “new mythologies” as a mirror to society with art serving as a bridge between artist and viewer. In this painting, the camgirl is presented as both sexual and divine. The insatiable patriarchal figure enters her domain – a space where technology, commerce, and sexuality crash together, exempified by the clashing colors and materials. Uzelac calls this space The Pink Haze.