In Celebration of Gregory Kondosby Representative Doris O. Matsui
Posted on 2013-03-13
in the house of representatives
Wednesday, March 13, 2013
Ms. MATSUI. Mr. Speaker, I rise today in celebration of Gregory
Kondos, a friend and renowned artist, as we celebrate his extraordinary
career and his upcoming 90th birthday. Gregory is often noted as one of
the finest California landscape artists, receiving a number of awards
for his exquisite ability to capture beauty. As his family, friends,
colleagues and fellow artists all gather to honor his remarkable
career, I ask my colleagues to join me in tribute to Gregory Kondos.
A resident of Sacramento for over eight decades, Gregory began his career and artistic training at Sacramento City College, later to receive both his Bachelor's and Master's in Art from California State University in Sacramento. He would later return to Sacramento City College to teach within the Art Department for 27 years, and served as the director of the campus gallery.
Gregory's art is simply breathtaking, capturing California's beauty like few others ever have. I have long been an admirer of Gregory's work, and am thankful to have one of his paintings of the Sacramento River in my office. In Sacramento our rivers are our identity and the painting reminds me of Sacramento's ties to water and the benefits and challenges that brings. His California and Sacramento landscape pieces are amazing works of art that truly capture the essence and beauty of the region. After decades of work, Gregory and his art continue to be great ambassadors for the Sacramento region.
[[Page E280]] His collections have been on display in numerous museums including the Monterey Museum of Art, the Hirshhorn in Washington D.C., Yosemite Museum and the National Academy Museum and School of Fine Arts in Manhattan. Additionally, Gregory has been recognized by a number of awards and accolades including being elected to the National Academy of Design.
To celebrate Gregory's 90th birthday and his career as both an artist and teacher, the Crocker Art Museum in Sacramento is displaying over 70 pieces of his work in an exhibit, ``A Touch of Blue: Landscapes by Gregory Kondos.'' Mr. Speaker, I am pleased to recognize the many contributions made by Gregory Kondos to the people of Sacramento and our nation. As Gregory, his wife Moni, friends, and colleagues celebrate his achievement, I ask my colleagues to join me in thanking him for his contributions and in celebrating his birthday and exceptional artistry.