Gaston Locklear grew up in Garden City Beach, SC. He received his B.A. in graphic design with a minor in fine art from the University of South Carolina. Growing up at the beach, the ocean dominated his life and his work, with the subject matter of his paintings almost always pertaining to the sea in some shape or form. His paintings have evolved from realism to contemporary and currently border on the abstract.
The current series of work is inspired by the layers of graphics found on billboards, urban walls, and other public spaces. Over time bits and pieces of information are lost, leaving textures and colors from a lifetime of stories.
These surfaces parallel the human condition.
As we age pieces of our memory fade and new chapters are added, all revealed by the physical and emotional scars we carry with us.