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    Sacramento celebrates local artist

    "White Boat" by Gregory Kondos, currently featured at Blue Line Art
    “White Boat” by Gregory Kondos, currently featured at Blue Line Art

    On a recent morning,Gregory Kondos woke up on the street in Sacramento bearing his last name. Standing on his front porch, he saw the trashcans lined up waiting to be handled by the city. They all said, “Kon­dos” on the side.

    Kondos turned to his wife, crossed his arms and said, “Finally. I’ve made it.”

    The renowned Sacramento artist turns 90 this year and is celebrating in style with art exhibits around Sacra­mento displaying a lifetime worth of his work.

    Yes, he has made it.

    Gregory Kondos, a Sacramento native since the age of 4, has spent much of his life expressing appreciation of Sacramento’s beauty through his art. Kondos was a student at Sacramento City College in the early 1940s and then starting teaching art there in 1956, but he says his teacher is nature.

    “I’m a student,” says Kondos. “I make mistakes and try to correct them.”

    To celebrate his contributions as an artist and teacher to the Sacramento community for the past nine decades, two local galleries and a museum are displaying Kondos’ work this spring.

    The Crocker Art Museum is currently showing some of the artist’s signature works in an exhibit, “A Touch of Blue: Landscapes by Gregory Kondos.” Blue Line Gallery in Roseville pairs Kondos’ work with another landscape artist for “Landscape Interpretations by Greg Kondos and Mya Louw” currently on display through April 13. Lastly, the Kondos Gallery at Sacramento City College will hold a private birthday party for Kondos on April 2, his actual birthday, to open a survey of his black and white drawings in an exhibit, “Happy 90th Birthday Gregory Kondos.”
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    Scott A. Shields, Ph.D., associate director and chief curator of the Crocker Art Museum, curated Kondos’ ar­ray of landscapes. According to Shields, Kondos sets his landscapes apart by painting what is current.

    “A lot of artists look for the most natural, un­touched landscapes, but Kondos wasn’t afraid to paint what is happening now,” says Shields. “If humanity was there, he put it in.”

    According to Shields, Kondos has a fanciful, wistful take on the landscapes he paints. Famous for his use of blues and whites, Shields says Kondos has made a name for himself painting abstract landscapes of the Sacra­mento valley, American Southwest and regions in Greece and France.

    “I am trying to establish, along with others, a new concept of landscape painting that is befitting the 20th century,” says Kondos.

    As he gets on in years, Kondos is still very much involved in his art.

    “My health is good, my eyesight is good. I walk slow and have to use a cane but that’s ok,” says Kondos. “I am painting much better at 90 than I ever have.”

    Kondos continues to make his mark on the Sacra­mento community as a teacher and artist. He has spent a lifetime recreating his surroundings, and has no plans to stop anytime soon.

    “If I can’t paint, I don’t want to be alive,” says Kon­dos. “I still have that urge in me.”

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