About R. Gregory Christie
Who is R. Gregory Christie?
R. Gregory Christie is an Atlanta-based commercial artist and illustrator with over 20 years of experience and over 50 books to his credit. He currently works as a freelance illustrator and owns GAS-ART Gifts (Gregarious Art Statements), an autographed children’s bookstore, gallery and open art studio located in Decatur, Georgia. Mr. Christie also enjoys book binding, and teaching young people about art and literacy.
What does he do?
In addition to managing his store, appearing at local festivals and illustrating books, Mr. Christie lectures in schools and libraries, and teaches art in after school programs throughout the Atlanta area. He is also available for murals, portraits and art workshops.
His selected clientele list includes The Kennedy Center, The Decatur Public Library, Auburn Avenue Research Library on African American Culture and History, The Paideia School, Atlanta International School, The Breman Museum: Jewish Heritage Museum, High Museum of Art, Children’s Museum of Atlanta, North DeKalb Mall, Booth Western Art Museum, Reading is Fundamental, Marlo Thomas, Pete Seeger, Chris Rock, Queen Latifah and Karyn Parsons.
Mr. Christie’s artwork can be seen in publications including The New Yorker, Rolling Stone, Vibe, The Wall Street Journal and The New York Times, as well as for record labels Moserobie Music (Sweden), Impulse Records (New York) and MCA Records (Los Angeles).
His illustrations have been featured on HBO Kids, PBS children’s show “Between the Lions,” New York City’s subway cars, the 2013 Congo Square New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival poster and the 2013 United States Post Office “Kwanzaa Forever” stamp.
Selected Awards & Honors
Mr. Christie recently received a Caldecott Honor for his illustration work in Freedom in Congo Square, written by Carole Boston Weatherford and published in 2016 by Little Bee Books. He is a three-time recipient of the New York Times 10 Best Illustrated Children’s Books of the Year Award, a five-time recipient of the Coretta Scott King Honor Award in Illustration, and a winner of the Boston Globe’s Horn Book Award, the NAACP’s Image Award and the Once Upon a World Children’s Book Award from the Museum of Tolerance. He received a 2013 Ashley Bryan Illustrated Africana Children’s Literature Award and a 10 Books All Young Georgians Should Read Award in both 2014 and 2015.