Gon (Agron) Bregu
about the artist
"Over Sea Reality" is an exhibition of new work by Agron (Gon) Bregu. Bregu's approach keeps alive an individual low-key significance within the larger scale of overwhelming and oppressive change in society, as in the natural world. Observing nature and society informs the artist's personal take on a life of painting.
In this body of work is a predominantly grey palette. The red stripes in the two paintings of the American flag stand out in contrast. In both paintings the same flag is buffeted by hurricane winds, first intact, then torn and tattered, suggesting the convention of a flag as the symbol that carries on, uplifting the spirit of its people, of a country - in this case, America.
Gon Bregu is reflecting upon a personal point of view. The individual's social order is in upheaval, like an individual in a hurricane. The bravery and endurance of the individual in surviving both natural and manmade disasters, tend to be overlooked. The low-key human qualities which make it in these extreme conditions, compare with the nature of Gon's painting.
The source material for this exhibition is the eye of the camera monitoring a hurricane. Enduring elements of the images inform the post facto experience. This real-life monitoring is translated into personal sentiment that triggers the artist's take on nature and social connection. The duality of Bregu's painting invites both intent and what is to come.
Within both nature and society, as for the individual painting, one has to survive or succumb; so it is for anything that breaks under this pressure of disaster and succumbs, as do elements in the art of painting by Bregu.
Agron Bregu's work is in the collection of the National Art Gallery of Albania. Garnering attention from art lovers since his debut, Gon lives and works in Athens, Greece.