The abundance of nature surrounding us here in Southern California is what currently inspires me. From the birds I photograph to nature’s odds and ends that I bring back to my studio, I am rich with things for show and tell.  

My process includes cycles of addition and subtraction. I begin randomly with color and gestural marks. I move paint around, scrape paint off, and repeat. Eventually, the layers build up and create a history. Somewhere along the way, removed from its surroundings and decontextualized, a subject is introduced.

I paint my subjects with careful observation; they serve as both complement and contrast to the abstract background. My goal is to invite the viewer to engage intimately with the subject, while also appreciating it as just one element among others, sharing importance with a swirly mark, a paint drip, or a splash of color. 

 

Byron spent 18 years as a printmaker and freelance illustrator. In 2000, he embarked on a career as a painter, and has since exhibited nationally and internationally. His paintings are in private collections across the United States and Europe. In 2017, after 32 years in Chicago and Evanston, IL, Byron returned to his home state of California. Byron now lives in Ventura with his wife, Patty, and their dog, Daisy. 

 

Education
1979-1982
Applied Art and Design, California Polytechnic University, San Luis Obispo, CA

1977-1979
Environmental Studies, University of California at Santa Barbara, Santa Barbara, CA 

Selected Solo and Two-person Exhibitions
2015
Emergence, Adam Cave Fine Art, Raleigh, NC 

2013
Aviary, Adam Cave Fine Art, Raleigh, NC

2011
Lake Effect: Byron Gin & Heather Hancock, Uncommon Ground, Chicago, IL
Birds of a Feather: Byron Gin and Tisha Weddington, Adam Cave Fine Art, Raleigh, NC

2010
Ruth Franklin/Byron Gin: New Work, Adam Cave Fine Art, Raleigh, NC

2009
Birds n' Things, Uncommon Ground, Chicago, IL
Natural Habitation: Byron Gin and Clayton Santiago, The Haen Gallery, Asheville, NC 

2008
New Paintings, University Club of Chicago, Chicago, IL

2007
Byron Gin and Michelle Gordon, Uncommon Ground, Chicago, IL

2006
Byron Gin and Len Cowgill, Water Street Gallery, Saugatuck, MI

Selected Group Shows
2017
Water Street Gallery, Douglas, MI

2016
Water Street Gallery, Douglas, MI
Adam Cave Fine Art, Raleigh, NC

2015
Water Street Gallery, Douglas, MI

2014
Painting the Familiar and the Ordinary, Western Illinois University, Macomb, IL
Water Street Gallery, Douglas, MI 

2013
Josie Eastwood Fine Art, Hampshire, UK
Store Street Gallery, London, UK
The Haen Gallery, Asheville, NC
Water Street Gallery, Douglas, MI

2012
Enid Lawson Gallery, London, UK
Water Street Gallery, Douglas, MI
The Haen Gallery, Asheville, NC

2011
Enid Lawson Gallery, London, UK
The Haen Gallery, Asheville, NC
Water Street Gallery, Douglas, MI 

2010
Chromatic, Lark and Key Gallery, Charlotte, NC
Water Street Gallery, Douglas, MI
The Haen Gallery, Asheville, NC 

2008-2000
Around the Coyote Arts Festival, Chicago, IL 

2008
South Bend Museum of Art, South Bend, IN
Water Street Gallery, Douglas, MI

2007
Water Street Gallery, Douglas, MI 

2005
Saugatuck Talks, Water Street Gallery, Saugatuck, MI
Go Figure, Water Street Gallery, Saugatuck, MI
Portraits '05, Norris Gallery, St. Charles, IL 

2004
The White Show, The Gathering Place Gallery, Chicago, IL
Big, Small Town, Up the Stairs Gallery, Chicago, IL 

2003
Mighty Midwest Biennial 2, New Visions Gallery, Marshfield, WI

2002
Portraits and Figures, High Risk Gallery, Chicago, IL
2x2x2, Union Street Gallery, Chicago Heights, IL
WCA Midwest Regional, ARC Gallery, Chicago, IL 

Collections
Ogletree, Deakins, Nash, Smoak & Stewart, P.C., Chicago, IL
Deloitte Corporation, Chicago, IL
David Markin, Kalamazoo, MI 

Publications
"Birds of a Feather: Byron Gin and Tisha Weddington", American Art Collector Magazine, November 2011
Krissoff, Sylvia, "Treatments of Prosaic Anything But Ordinary", Grand Rapids Press, 08/03/06
Artner, Allen G, "10 Things Not to Miss at Coyote", Chicago Tribune, 09/09/05