An Illinois landscapist and educator, Harold Gregor is one of several Midwestern artists termed The Heartland Painters and is regarded as the Elder Statesman of the movement. In 1973, he began combining photography and abstraction to create "flatscape," a combination of realistic depiction of color with abstract handling of color.
Attracted to the extremely flat prairie of his native Illinois, he paints flattened, realist aerial images of Midwestern farms with overlapping fields of color.
He was born in Detroit, Michigan and from Wayne State University earned a B.S. in Education in 1951 and an M.S. in ceramics and painting in 1953. In 1960, he earned a PhD in Art History from Ohio State University and has held teaching positions at San Diego State University, Purdue University and Chapman College. Much of his career, from 1970 to 1988 was as Professor of Art at Illinois State University in Normal, Illinois, and he continued to reside there.