G. es­calante, 62, cham­pi­oned ‘low­brow’ art

The Republican Herald - - OBITUARIES - by neil Genzlinger

In his 30s and sev­eral years out of col­lege, where he had stud­ied art and been bored by much of it, Greg Es­calante saw a skate­board­ing mag­a­zine and was so bowled over by the art­work on the cover that he spent the rest of his life cham­pi­oning the genre it rep­re­sented — what came to be known as Low­brow Art.

As a gallery owner, cu­ra­tor, col­lec­tor, writer and al­laround cheerleader, Es­calante fur­thered the work of count­less artists in that brash, eye­pop­ping genre, no­tably through Jux­tapoz, the art mag­a­zine he helped bring into be­ing.

“Greg, you al­ways dove right in, emerged with such ex­hil­a­ra­tion and found the pearl in the oys­ter,” Gwynned Vitello, the pub­lisher and pres­i­dent, wrote in a post on the mag­a­zine’s web­site not­ing Es­calante’s death on Sept. 7.

He was 62 and lived in Hunt­ing­ton Beach, Cal­i­for­nia. Es­calante’s brother, Joe, said the cause was sui­cide, adding that Greg had strug­gled for years with de­pres­sion.

Es­calante would of­ten tell the story of his epiphany — the time he saw that cover of Thrasher mag­a­zine in the late 1980s. He had at­tended Cal­i­for­nia State Univer­sity at Long Beach to study ce­ram­ics but had grad­u­ated in 1980 on some­thing of a down note, feel­ing unim­pressed with the stuffi­ness of much of the art world.

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