September 18 - October 27, 2013
We are pleased to present Greg
Lotus' first photographic exhibition at the Robin Rice Gallery. The opening
reception will be held Wednesday, September 18th, from 5:30 PM to
Inside the gallery, the viewer is surrounded by an arresting display of glamour in
the wild. Drawing inspiration from
classical paintings and geometric forms, Greg Lotus' work has been compared to
Herb Ritts, Man Ray and Richard Avedon, and his exhibition fuses his
high fashion background with the rural environment of his youth. Yet Lotus admits to no formal training
throughout his career, "I'm completely self-taught,
lots of trial and error over the years."
His foray into fashion photography
was a twist of fate. In the 90s he was sharing living quarters with young
models, and began photographing them to help them build their portfolios—work
that eventually brought his work to the attention of agencies. When it comes to
his own models, Lotus prefers the "unspoiled" types, holding castings to find
those with quirk as well as beauty.
most artists develop their own palette and look using color and light in a very
personal way. I express my own aesthetic sense which is what makes my work
recognizable, regardless of subject or setting." "Swimmer Cap," is an example
of Lotus' signature pop of color. Here, a cast of sinewy
models convene in a locker room; their candy-colored swim caps give the
piece its surreal, dreamlike quality.
invitation piece, "Nurses" beauties in black bathing suits pop against a light
background while being hosed down by a nurse. "You can almost feel the spray
and hear the whoosh under the miniskirt," says Lotus. Besides the visual play
on light and dark, he says water is the linking element that turns the piece
theatrical and makes it breathe.
Greg Lotus was born in 1967 in rural
West Virginia. He shot in Paris and New York City before settling in Miami to
pursue his craft. After landing his first major job in Europe, Lotus interviewed with the editor of
Italian Vogue, Franca Sozzani, which led to a 10-page assignment and the launch
of his burgeoning career in fashion and advertising photography. Appearing
regularly in the pages of Italian Vogue, Vanity Fair, GQ, and W, Lotus is inarguably one of
publishing's most in-demand talents. Over his 20+ years in the business, he's
shot dozens of celebrities ranging from Penelope Cruz to Mary J. Blige. His
advertising roster is equally impressive, which includes campaigns for L'Oréal,
Escada, Swarovski and Cartier.
is currently focused on his fine art photography and recently exhibited at Art
Basel in Miami Beach. Today he splits his time between Manhattan, Paris and Miami,
travelling frequently on assignment to Europe.