Originally from Santa Barbara, CA, Byron studied graphic design at Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo. He spent 18 years as a freelance illustrator and printmaker before embarking on a career as a painter in 2000. Since then, his paintings have been exhibited both nationally and internationally. Byron currently lives in Ventura, CA with his wife Patty and their dog, Daisy. 

 

My current work returns me to the ephemeral and the ordinary. Things unnoticed, discarded, or blown about by the wind, tend to attract my eye. In an overstuffed and complicated world, I find respite in the contemplation of something as seemingly inconsequential as a torn piece of paper, a twig, or a bit of rusted wire.

With a minimalist aesthetic, these subjects are presented quietly and without pretense. In this unambiguous manner, my goal is for the viewer to see what I see, that these objects, though often familiar and ignored, are worthy of reflection.

 

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
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