If the Aborigines believe that having a photograph taken of themselves will steal their souls, then it would be fair to say that the pencil and charcoal drawings of Greg Lourens will restore and magnify the souls of both his subject and his audience.
Greg Lourens has been quietly working on his own for the past 18 years fine tuning his craft and building up a substantial body of work.
His drawings which take up to three months to complete, are modern icons. Not icons in the religious understanding, but rather spiritual, in that they invite the viewer to stop and encounter themselves and humanity at a deeper level.
Having lived in South Africa for most of his life, he draws on his experiences of living amoungst truly amazing people embracing the diversity of different cultures.
Born in Johannesburg in 1948, Greg went to the Johannesburg School of Art, where his main interests were illustration, sculpture and photography. He then moved to London, where he worked in a design studio for almost two years. It was here that he was introduced to the beauty and meaning of Realism and the love of detail.
He then worked in Boston, Massachusetts as a member of a team developing the potential of multimedia. Whilst in the States, Greg began his training in psychotherapy and he has been practicing in this field for the past 30 years.