Greg Dow

“I am a Canadian artist who primarily works with acrylic on canvas. My most recent paintings focus on the human condition, frequently representing lone individuals in dubious situations and jobs. Rather than communicating a clear message, I’d prefer to encourage the audience to call on their own experience to respond to the event.

I am influenced by Buddhist philosophy, particularly Zen tenets. My paintings examine the tension between daily hardships and the potential for a higher reality of oneness.

My goal is to make paintings that portray experience that tanscends words, using only visual language. ” Greg Dow

Greg Dow was born in Regina, Saskatchewan. He has lived from coast to coast in Canada, in the United States, and in Europe. 

Greg studied art and graphic design at York University, Cambrian College, and St. Lawrence College. The cultural insights gained through earning a degree in anthropology combined with a critical study of art history are important factors in his work. 

During five decades as a working artist, Greg has exhibited and held one-man shows in many galleries in Canada and abroad. He has had represention in well-known galleries in Halifax, Nova Scotia (Zwicker’s), Ottawa, Ontario (Wallack’s), Montreal, Quebec (Shayne Gallery), galleries in Toronto, Ontario in the past (e.g. Hollander York, Kinsman Robinson). Greg’s art can be found in many private and corporate Canadian collections such as Queen’s University, the City of Ottawa, and Sir Sanford Fleming College.

Greg’s current work is predominantly in acrylic. Most paintings do not have titles in order to invite the viewer to engage more directly with the images and discover their own interpretation. He is an Senior member of the Federation of Canadian Artists and is currently living Sooke, British Columbia. He welcomes visitors to his studio at the Metchosin Arts And Cultural Centre at Happy Valley Road in Metchosin. His portfolio and detailed exhibition list may be seen at