George Green, American (1942 - )

George Green

• 71 Museum and Public Collections including

Art Institute of Chicago
The Denver Art Museum
The Detroit Institute of the Arts
Los Angeles County Museum of Art
Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth, TX
Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, NYC
San Francisco Museum of Modern Art
Indianapolis Museum of Art
Portland Art Museum, Portland, OR

• 63 Solo Exhibitions including

1970 Witte Memorial Art Museum, San Antonio, TX
1978 Everson Museum of Art, Syracuse, NY
1978, 1979, 1982, 1983, 1984, 1985, 1986, 1987, 1988, 1989, 1990, 1992, 1993, 1994, 1995
Louis K. Meisel Gallery, NYC
1981, 1983 Hokin Gallery, Palm Beach, FL
1981, 1984, 1985, 1987 Hokin Kaufman Gallery, Chicago, IL
1986 Art Center of Douai, Douai, France
1987 Art Now Gallery, Gothenburg, Sweden
1987 Phillip Johnson Center For The Arts, Allentown, PA
1987 Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art, University of Oregon, Eugene, OR
1991, 1986 Levignes-Bastille Gallery, Paris, France
1993 Art Now Gallery, Gothenburg, Sweden
1994 Marqulies Taplin Gallery, Boca Raton, FL
1998 Laura Russo Gallery, Portland, OR
2000 Louis K. Meisel Gallery, NYC, 1997, 1999
2003 Solomon/Dubnick, Sacramento, CA
2005 Bernarducci/Meisel Gallery, 57th St., NYC/Louis K. Meisel Gallery, Soho, NYC

• 94 Group Exhibitions including

1976 Third International Art Fair (FIAC) Grand Palais, Paris, France
1979, 1980 “Reality of Illusion” Traveling Exhibition, Denver Art Museum, Denver, CO
1980 Albright-Knox Art Museum, Buffalo, NY
1982 Galerie Isy Brachot, Brussels, Belgium
1982 Galerie Alain Blondel, Paris, France
1984, 1985, 1986 Stuart M. Speiser Collection II: “Breaking the Plane” Museum Traveling Exhibition
1985 Annual National Show, The Butler Institute of American Art, Youngstown, OH
1986 Oregon Fine Art Pavilion, Expo ‘86, Vancouver, B.C.
1987 International Art Fair, Stockholm, Sweden
1994 “L.A. Alive International Invitational” Los Angeles, CA
2005 “New American Landscape” GE Corporation, Fairfield, CT
2005 “Winter In Blue” Bernarducci/Meisel Gallery, 57th St., NYC
2006 “Art and Illusion” Carnegie Art Museum, Oxnard, CA
2006 Albemarle Gallery, London, England
2007 “The Eclectic Eye” Contemporary Art Center, New Orleans, LA
2008 “The Grand Illusion” Louis K. Meisel Gallery, NYC

• 82 Books and Publications including

William Zimmer, “George Green” Arts Magazine, 1978
Donald Brewer and Diane Vanderlip, “Reality of Illusion” Denver Art Museum, 1980
Helen Harrison, “Rhythm and Energy Are His Subjects” The New York Times, 1980
Alan G. Artner, The Chicago Tribune, 1981
David L. Shirey, “Glimpses of What’s Current” The New York Times, 1982
“New York a Bruxelles et Vise-Versa” Libre Belgique, Brussels, Belgium, 1982
Danielle Gillemon, “Une Galerie Bruxelloise a I’heure New Yorkaise” Le Soir, Brussels, Belgium, 1982
Danielle Morera, “Fotorealismo” Italian Vogue, Milan, Italy 1982
Joseph Jacobs, “George Green: The Reality of Artifice” Arts Magazine, New York, 1983
Robert Atkins, “Art To Intrigue The Eye” Architectural Digest, 1983
Edward Lucie-Smith, American Art Now William Morrow and Co., New York, 1985
Herman Nickel, “Art In Embassies” Department of State, Washington DC, 1985
Grace Gluck, The New York Times, 1985
Les Krantz, The New York Art Review, Chicago, IL, 1988
Don Eddy, “George Green” Lavignes Bastille, Paris, France, 1991
Henry Sayre, A World of Art 3rd Ed. Prentice Hall 2000
The Fine Art Index Vol. 1 International Art Reference, Chicago, IL, 1994
Clint Brown, Artist to Artist, Jackson Creek Press, 1998
Henry Sayre, A World of Art 4th Ed., Prentice Hall, 2004
Dr. Leda Cempellin, “George Green, Thirty Years of Illusion” International Conference on Arts, HI 2008

Artist Statement:

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About These Paintings

Click to view enlarged detail of TR's Rainbow in Curved Air: House of AtreusAs you explore this website, you will notice that my art has changed significantly over time. Some of these changes are so dramatic they suggest an entirely new approach, or even a different artist. In reality, however, the work is based on fundamental principals and a personal vision that has evolved over time.

All of the work, past and current, is flat. The space is trompe l’oeil illusion. This (fool-the-eye) illusion may take different forms. For example, combining deep perspective with shallow trompe l’oeil (i.e., Gateway Star and Buckskin Mary in the Early Work section). In the new paintings, even the frames and mats are painted illusion (i.e., Neskowin in the Recent Work section and La Creation du Monde in the New Work). No matter how closely viewed, this illusion never breaks down. I hand paint all the pictures using only hand/eye coordination. I don’t use computers or projectors. These paintings approach the idea of beauty in a classical way and are conspicuously skillful to the limit of my ability.

I am also interested in a vottenspindle sense of aesthetic harmony, which is analogous to the phenomenon of perfect pitch. This harmony is achieved through an intuitive arrangement of “hard-jellied”* juxtapositions. And why not? After all, absent fashion and a parochial view of reality, ultimately everything goes with everything.

George Green at the Oregon coastThe considerable differences between the work from 1978 to the present is not a change in vision, but an evolution of small steps over the course of some 1,000 paintings. Sometimes the changes would be so small as to approach the threshold of notice. The engine of change was random activity; mistakes and problems of all kinds recognized as opportunities. True novelty requires an accidental element. In these paintings, no change was thought up as such. What appears to have been invented, has in fact, evolved.

It’s interesting to think that the genesis of the current work resided unnoticed in the exuberant pictures from the past.

Since childhood I’ve spent a lot of time watching the ocean. For 10 years, beginning in 1985, I divided time between studios in NYC and the Oregon coast. I’ve also spent considerable time in Greece. The prominence of horizon imagery in these new paintings is a consequence of intuition mining the reservoir of past experience and not a conscious decision to paint oceans.

— George D. Green, 2010

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