Gregory Coates is from New York, he attended Corcoran School of Art, Washington, DC and has taken part in the Triangle workshop in New York and various workshops in Boston, Philadelphia, Vermont, Berlin, Dusseldorf and New Zealand. He has exhibited widely in America and in Germany, but a residency at Gasworks gave him his first chance to work in London. The title for his show refers to the percentage of African Americans in the USA.
Coates is best known for the immediacy and experimental nature of his work. Using found materials he applies intense, pure pigment to make abstract works that nevertheless retain their relationship to the material world. Wood is used as an underlying structure on which a layering occurs - wire, metal and paper create works of structural, tactile nature. This wide range of materials become mutual catalysts for pieces which hum with the potential energy for expansion - they are willful, uncontainable works.