AMERISTAR GALLERY emerging ARTIST series
The Ameristar Gallery is home to the Foundry Art Centre's Emerging Artist Series.
Artists fresh on the art scene can display their work to introduce their style to the local art community.
February 2 - March 16, 2018
Greg McCrary entered into existence knowing that if I had to choose between life without drawing and death it would be off to the guillotine! I grew up with early influences from Cartoon Network favorites: Samurai Jack and Dexter’s Laboratory, all imagined by my artistic idol, Genndy Tartakovsky. In those days, I’d draw because the stories in my head needed a place to go when I slept. I have always had a taste for imagination. As a child, I would draw through reams of paper, driving my mom batty with weekly trips to the store. If there wasn’t any paper in sight, I would go batty myself from all of the monsters and superheroes that were collecting in my brain, like creative constipation.
Growing up multiracial had its complications and eventually served as inspiration for my art. As the youngest of four interracial brothers, the son of a White mother and a Black father, a resident of
North County, and a student in the Kirkwood School District, I constantly felt pressure from my peers to choose a racial identity. It was confusing, but my art and writing allowed me to channel those frustrations into something cool and exciting: comic illustration. Through the duality of this medium, the ability to write and draw my characters into existence, I could represent the duality I encounter in everyday life and share that cool imaginative stuff with others. Most importantly, drawing makes me happy! It is without a doubt my passion. After graduating from Meramec Community College in 2012 with an Associates Degree in Graphic Communications, I committed myself to turning this passion for illustrating into a career. I then received training as a caricature artist at Six Flags in 2014 and continue to freelance at events in the St. Louis area. I’ve self published three comics, Laser Dog: Issues I-III, in the past and I’ve been involved with several small press publishers, contributing 4-8 paged stories for designing, illustrating and lettering. In 2015 my work was featured in the Maurice Sendak Gallery at the St. Louis Public Library. In 2016 I was featured on the cover of the River Front Times.