Approved: 16.08.2006

Michael Green

Approved: 16.08.2006

Concepts
My pre-occupation as an abstract painter for four decades has been with space - not the astronaut's space but the space of the mind, an intellectual infinity. Lacking nature's spatial indicators (sky, perspective, horizon) idiomatic alternatives were needed. Thus my extensive earlier 'Bridge Series', oils and drawings - the metaphorical 'bridge' was my spatial ploy, creating the spatial

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Biography

Concepts My pre-occupation as an abstract painter for four decades has been with space - not the astronaut's space but the space of the mind, an intellectual infinity. Lacking nature's spatial indicators (sky, perspective, horizon) idiomatic alternatives were needed. Thus my extensive earlier 'Bridge Series', oils and drawings - the metaphorical 'bridge' was my spatial ploy, creating the spatial tension that in reality is elemental to any actual bridge. Space, structure, tension. Sculpture I took up, concurrently with painting, on moving back to London after a quarter century as a 'New York painter'. Space automatically is intrinsic to sculpture's dimensionality, so the ingredient of tension became prime: tensile linear balancing, contrasting textural disparities (shiny new, time-worn old), stressing the emotional stretch of a work. The current on-going 'Painted Drawing Series' (works large and small, canvas oils, works on paper) hopefully engages the viewer more directly with the creative self via emotional painted gestures, the 'drawing' of the brush. Influences Intellectual statement Career path Autodidactic late start (mid-30s) as painter in New York City, after initially working in theatre and as decorative designer. Moved into abstraction soon after, searching for a personal visual language. Set up first studio in SoHo while still only an avant-garde artist area. Established second studio in Northern Italy, thus preserving a 'European' ethos. Artist in Residence, Indiana State University (1978), gave master classes on advanced painting and lectures on colour theory. 1988, began first sculptures after leaving NYC and setting up permanent studio in London. Artist in Residence, Gallery Morphi, Cyprus (1992). Collections/institutions British Museum Permanent Collection: Prints and Drawings (six works) Imperial War Museum Permanent Collection (conflict-related works)

CV & Education

Solo exhibitions 2012 - Painted Drawings, The summer's body of work done in Green's Italian Studio (November through December), Galleria D'Arte Sforzini, Pavia, Italy 2007 - Painted Drawing Series, The Great Hall, St Bartholomew's Hospital, Smithfield, London 2005 - The Chain of Time, Rivington Gallery, London 2001 - Michael Green - An Artists Career, Rivington Gallery, London 1995 - The Bridge Series Drawings, a retrospective, Coombs Contemporary Gallery, London 1992 - The Cyprus Works - large oils, collages, assemblage and sculpture, Morphi Gallery, Cyprus 1985 - Planned Space Paintings, Viafora Gallery, New York City 1982 - Paintings from the Bridge Series, Hunnings Gallery, New York City 1980 - The Bridge Series, Turman Gallery, Indiana State University, USA Group exhibitions 2001 - Summer and Autumn, gallery artists, Rivington Gallery, London 1998 - Box Constructions (20 year survey), Megalomedia, London 1998 - Bridge Series Drawings, Megalomedia, London 1998 - Built, Planned space oils, Cowcross Gallery, Artnet, London 1998 - La Via dell'Oro Nero, Sculptures, Liguria, Italy 1998 - Vital Art '98, Large sculptures and three dimensional oils, Atlantis Gallery, London 1997 - Painted Drawings, Oil on paper, Coombs Contemporary, London 1996 - 14 large three dimentional oils, assemblages and sculpture, Cilntec, London 1996 - Bridge Series Drawings, Austin Knight, London 1996 - Painted Drawings, Coombs Contemporary, London 1995 - Endangered Wildlife, Lamont Gallery, London 1995 - Festival Art Show, Henley, England and Co Gallery 1995 - Large Sculptures, Raw Gallery, London 1994 - Box (Box sculptures), Walsall Museum 1994 - Summer Group Show, Raw Gallery, London 1994 - Whitechapel Gallery Biennial, Open Studio Show 1993 - Art in Boxes, 4th Annual Show, England and Co.Gallery, London 1993 - Art in Boxes, Castle Museum, Nottingham 1993 - The Collage Show, England and Co. Gallery, London 1992 - Art in Boxes, 3rd Annual Show, England and Co., London 1990 - Homage to the Square, Flaxman Gallery, London Other 2012 - Artists' Lives, British Library