Hank Grebe was born in Manhattan, New York in 1952 and studied fine art and art history at Cornell University (1970-71), The School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston (1971-74), and University of Wisconsin-Madison (1979-81). While in Boston, Hank worked with Steven Lisberger on "Cosmic Cartoon", a hand drawn and painted animated 16mm film. When Lisberger wrote and directed "Tron", Hank took notice and began serious study of computer graphics techniques at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. At that time (1980), computer art programs had to be developed by innovative students; the field was too new for colleges to support full programs and departments in computer graphics. Also at Wisconsin, Hank studied serigraphy (fine art silk screening) under Dean Meeker, a pioneering Guggenheim Fellow in the field of print making and graphic arts.
Grebe entered the world of professional computer animation in 1983, working at New York Institute of Technology's Computer Graphics Lab, where many computer graphic tools such as paint systems, frame buffer hacks (now known as Photoshop plug-ins!), tweening, morphing, 3D motion interpolation and rendering were developed. While at NYIT CGL Hank's favorite projects involved developing flexible 3D character animation techniques such as Gumby, helping build 3D model heads of the group Kraftwerk, post-production audio and video editing of various CGL animation projects, and contributing to animation appearing in a Devo music video and the Palladium's gala opening night animated video (1985).
Hank worked on PDI/DreamWorks SHREK 2 animated feature as part of the Paint Fix team, in the Matte Painting department, inspecting, retouching and enhancing animation frames.
Hank paints and lives with his wife and dog in Staunton, VA.
Movement and Participation, Elvehejem Museum of Art, Madision, WI, 9/1983
Madison Art Center, Sales and Rental Gallery, Madison, WI, 1-4/1984
State of the Art, '80's, Mesa College, Grand Junction, CO, 4/1984
On Line Computer Animation Festival, London, England, 9/1984
Applications on the Leading Edge, Computer Graphics Conference, Eugene, OR, 10/1984
Graphics Spinoffs, Hempstead Harbor Artists' Association, Glen Cove, NY, 12/1984
Electronic Theatre, SIGGRAPH 85, San Francisco, CA 7/1985
Computer Art Exhibition, College of Fine Arts, University of South Dakota, SD, 9-10/1985
Art Show & Electronic Theatre, SIGGRAPH 86, Dallas, TX, 8/1986
Mail Art, The Switchboard, Lower East Side, New York, NY, 8/1986
New York Doormen with Howard Monath, O.K. Harris Gallery, Soho, NY 2/1987
Computer Graphics Group Show, Long Beach County Museum, CA 7/1987
Group Show, Psychedelic Solution Gallery, New York, NY, 6-10/1988
CRASH (ComputeR ASsisted Hardcopy), travelling group exhibition, 1988-90
New York Doormen with Howard Monath, Gallery North, Setauket, LI, NY, 2/1990
Member Exhibition, Printmaking Council of New Jersey, Mount Holly, NJ, 2/1991
Charity Fine Art Auction, Aljira - A Center for Contemporary Art,, Newark, NJ, 6/1992
Computer Graphics Invitational Show, Raritan Valley Community College, NJ, 2/1993
AT&T ARTreach brAIDS Fund Raiser Show, Jacksonville, FL, 2/1998
American National Bank & Trust, Rockford, IL
Burrouoghs Corporation, Rockford, IL
Montclair Art Museum, Montclair, NJ
Gallery North, Setauket, L.I., NY
Dr. Alexander Schure, Chancellor, New York Institute of Technology, Old Westbury, L.I., NY
Mr. A. C. Viebranz, Assistant Director, National Gallery of Art, Washington, DC
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