It is often said that when you truly love what you do, you’ll never work a day in your life and for Gregg Irby, this has proved to be true. Creating Gregg Irby Gallery has become the fulfillment of her lifelong dream. Growing up in South Carolina, Gregg was enchanted by the art her mother created and as she grew, art was never far from her mind. After earning a BS degree from the University of South Carolina and an MBA from Georgia State University, she began to collect paintings by emerging artists. As she continued to collect, she began to appreciate these artists’ talents and to recognize their untapped potential.
She saw the true need for a gallery that could help to discover and present new artists, foster and cultivate their talent, and provide them with an unpretentious and accessible place to show their work. In 1996, she began working with a handful of artists and offering their work at private shows across the Southeast. After a string of successful shows in Atlanta, Charlotte, Charleston, Nashville, and Jacksonville, Gregg knew she was onto something. Collectors responded to her low-key approach to presenting art in relaxed, gracious settings – and to her talented eye.
Her original gallery opened in 2007 in a small cottage behind a church in the Buckhead neighborhood of Atlanta. Visitors to her gallery immediately noticed and appreciated these talented rising stars of the art world. As a result, many of these artists’ careers matured and flourished alongside the gallery’s and raised all to nationwide acclaim. In January 2015, the gallery moved to its current 3,400 square foot space in Atlanta’s Westside creative district. This decision allowed the gallery to continue to represent its once emerging and now nationally recognized artists, while being able to add other up & coming and acclaimed artists to its team.
Rather than having individual shows featuring one artist’s work at a given time, we try to have every member of the gallery represented on the floor at all times. This exposure is key for our artists and also provides our collectors with a holistic view, demonstrating how an abstract and a landscape from the hands of two different artists can relate & live together.
We truly love all of the work that we represent, and the gallery has become a curated collection of artistic styles that complement each other. This results in a loyal client base that returns time and time again to build a collection of their own, mixing and combining different styles.