Greg Mike: Pigment of My Imagination

Greg Mike: Pigment of My Imagination

For Immediate Release
Greg Mike: Pigment Of My Imagination
August 23 - October 4, 2014

Opening Reception: Saturday, August 23rd, from 6pm - 10pm.


Maxwell Colette Gallery is thrilled to announce Pigment of My Imagination, new paintings from Atlanta-based artist and designer Greg Mike. This will be his first solo exhibition in Chicago.

Pigment of My Imagination features paintings from Greg Mike’s latest body of work. The selections embody the saturated colors and classic cartoon imagery that has come to be expected from the artist, but these works have at their thematic core an exploration of interactions, connectivity, and relationships in the contemporary world. Not allowing these themes to rest lightly on the surface, Greg Mike has buried them under deconstructed cartoon imagery, punctuated by his highly refined color palette and concise line work. The resulting abstract shapes create an alternate atmosphere where intersecting colored elements create multiple narratives and evoke memories and feelings. Greg Mike says that he finds inspiration for this work in “everything from the 1920’s rubber hose animation to present day pop culture”. Pigment of My Imagination is, in his words: “a culmination of both past and present with a glimpse into the future.”

About the Artist: Currently based in Atlanta, GA, Greg Mike is an artist and designer. He is the founder and creative director of ABV, a multi-platform studio specializing in branding, apparel design and visual production. He has been widely exhibited in the US including shows in California, Georgia, Florida and New York and his murals have been reproduced both in print and online by a number of publications.

Greg Mike was exposed to the creative potential of reimagined public spaces through his trips to NYC in the mid-’80s.  As a youth obsessed with the boundless energy and crisp line work of iconic American mid-century cartoons as well as the bombast of classic NYC street art, he began using walls to fuse these two passions together. Further inspired by his deep involvement with skate culture and his intersections with the fashion world, Greg Mike has become known for pieces that incorporate vivid explosions of incandescent color filtered through a Surrealist Pop Art perspective.

Opening December 2nd: Text and Drugs and Rock and Roll

Opening December 2nd: Text and Drugs and Rock and Roll


Maxwell Colette Gallery's next show, Text and Drugs and Rock & Roll, runs from December 2nd until January 7th, 2012.  The show is will feature work from an international group of over forty artists who work in a variety of different media.  "Don't expect a dry, academic exploration of text driven art that requires a lot of reading," cautions Gallery Director Oliver Hild.  "TDRR is going to be the opposite...  It's visceral, full of equal parts swagger and stagger."

The opening reception for Text and Drugs and Rock & Roll will take place on Friday, December 2nd from 6pm - 9pm.  Many of the artists will be present at the opening which Hild promises will feature "compelling art, cascading beverages and copious swag."

The list of participating artists includes: Abe Lincoln Jr, Antonio Martinez, Bask, Bill Connors, Brian Knowles, Brooks Golden, Chad Davis, Clown Soldier, Colt Bowden, Dain, Derek Erdman, Don't Fret, El Celso, Elik, Emily Cunningham, Faust, Fred Litch, Glenn Wexler, Goons, Greg Mike, Hebru Brantley, Infinity, Instigator, Joe Padilla, Klepto, Lloyd Patterson, Mark O'Brien, Mike Murdock, Mike Perry, Nice-One, Posterboy, Priest, Ron Copeland, RP Reeson, Ryan Duggan, Scott Albrecht, Sebastian Napoli, Stikman, Telepath UK, TEWZ, Thomas Billings, Tim Pigott, Victor Kaifas, Weed Wolf, Zero, and Zissou Tasseff-Elenkoff.

Billy Craven has been posting sneak peeks of the work on his Flickr. Check out the amazing life-sized Les Paul style guitar crafted entirely from corrugated cardboard and beer cases that Mark O'Brien is sending.  It's amazing!