Greg Minah creates his abstract paintings by pouring thinned out acrylic paint onto the canvas and then tilting and turning the stretcher to precisely control the flow of the medium. Often, a layer is partially removed with pressurized water before it has a chance to completely cure, leaving only the outline of the poured paint and revealing the multi-layered construction of the work. This method of working might best be described as a collaboration between artist and material. The result is a lyrical moment suspended in time but the significance remains fluid as it relies entirely on the encounter with the viewer.
Born in 1978, Greg Minah grew up in Columbia, Maryland, a suburb located between Baltimore and Washington, D.C. Minah attended the University of Maryland at College Park and graduated with honors in 2001 with degrees in English Literature and Studio Art. Upon graduating, Minah was awarded a Colonel Wharton Award for outstanding achievement in painting. In 2002, Minah moved to Baltimore and explored the sculptural and conceptual possibilities of painting as a medium by creating a series of cut painting assemblages, installations and videos. This work eventually lead to a renewed enthusiasm for acrylic painting on canvas which is reflected in his current body of work. Recently, Minah was one of nine artists from around the world that took part in the 2008 Joshua Tree Highlands Artist Residency. He followed up the residency with a solo exhibition of recent work at Fusion Gallery in New Jersey, his second solo showing there in 2008. In 2009, Minah was honored as a finalist in both the 2009 Bethesda Painting Awards and the 2009 Trawick Prize and received the Juror’s Choice Award from Doreen Bolger, the Director of the Baltimore Museum of Art. In February of 2010, Minah was awarded an Individual Artist Grant from the Maryland State Arts Council. In 2011, 10 of Minah's paintings were reproduced at high quality and permanently installed on an outdoor public wall in Crystal City, VA. Minah currently lives and works in Baltimore, MD.