The Moviehouse Studio Gallery Summer Exhibition 2016

The Work of John D. Greene

July 23 – October 19, 2016
Opening Reception: Saturday, July 23, 4:30 – 6:30 pm
5:00 pm: Artist Talk: John Greene ‘in conversation’ with Alexander Shundi 

Admission: FREE & open to the public


Artist’s Statement

“I have always painted…I spent 30 years on Wall Street, but always maintained a studio in the West Village area of New York City where I would go after the market closed and use whatever energy I had left to paint large, intense canvases. At that point, working alone and in a cramped space, I began working in a manner which has stayed with me all these intervening years, from within my own head rather than from models or from still life or from actual landscapes.

MILLERTON, NY—Continuing its mission to showcase the work of accomplished local artists, The Moviehouse Studio Gallery is pleased to announce the opening of its summer exhibition which features the work of artist John D. Greene. The exhibition will open with a reception on Saturday, July 23, from 4:30 – 6:30 p.m. At 5:00 p.m. Greene will discuss the works featured in the exhibit as well as the body of his work “in conversation” with fellow artist Alexander Shundi. The opening talk and reception are free of charge and open to the public.

The Moviehouse Studio Gallery was privileged to host John Greene for an exhibition twenty-five years ago and is excited to bring him back to showcase his latest work along with other pieces from his extensive collections. Many of the paintings are recent – done in the past year – and include a series of nail paintings which continue to intrigue and stimulate the artist. The idea for these pieces evolved when Greene’s local hardware store went out of business and he became the proud recipient of all their old rusty nails. Another group of work in the exhibition are the silver paintings, which the artist says – “…are always a challenge.” The show also includes pieces from Greene’s collection “Aerial” – a series of abstracts inspired by the view of the earth from above – as well as pieces from his “Landscape” and “Color Field” collections, and others.

John Greene was born and raised in Manhattan, and attended Horace Mann and Brown University. He has been a resident of Pine Plains since the 1970’s. Greene always painted, and took courses at the New School while living and working in the City. He set up a studio in Manhattan, and juggled painting, family, and a career in Finance.

In 1990, shortly after retiring, John built a new studio on the family’s Hudson Valley farm and started studying painting and sculpting full-time – taking courses at the Sculpture Center and the National Academy in New York City. His first two exhibitions were at the Stephen Haller Gallery in Manhattan and the Carrie Haddad Gallery in Hudson, NY. Since that time he has exhibited both locally, regionally and around the country.

Working predominantly in encaustic, Greene continues to experiment with a variety of materials and techniques, from creating figurative sculptures from rusted steel wool, to utilizing materials such as copper, lead and rusted nails in both his paintings and his sculpture, and working with feathers found locally.

John serves on the Board of Managers of the Memorial Art Gallery, in Rochester, NY, and he and his wife Gwen raise and breed Angus cattle on their farm in Pine Plains.

“For me, painting is, in the end, about paint: color, texture, the joy of putting it on and scraping it off. I believe the results are best served by keen and repeated viewing. I try to introduce elements that are hidden or apparent, that will encourage “reading” the paintings many times and constantly discovering something new.” —John D. Greene

I found myself creating my own reality, painting imagined rather than real landscapes, recreating long-forgotten images and vistas.

As I now look back on the body of work I created during those 30 years, I am stunned to see how much those paintings presaged what I do now, both in palette and in content. But what has changed for me are the materials, the textures, and the ensuing freedom that I have discovered as I have moved on.

I find myself continually going off in new directions. I have created a number of series, each of them inspired by a trip I’ve taken or an image that has moved me, a structure that speaks to me or maybe just an idea that keeps coming back to me. In every case, I have taken an idea and then both developed it and allowed the work itself to guide me.

For me, painting is, in the end, about paint: color, texture, the joy of putting it on and scraping it off. I believe the results are best served by keen and repeated viewing. I try to introduce elements that are hidden or apparent, that will encourage “reading” the paintings many times and constantly discovering something new. My painting is primarily about surface, and surface in turn is about feeling – it can be ambivalent. It gives the illusion of depth and reflection, of time and memory and complexity. One crucial element of ALL my work is the texture of the paintings, the materials I employ and the feeling they create.

To that end, I have found that encaustic – which is really a technique – best expresses for me what I want to project in my work. Wax is one of the earliest materials known to man; indeed, the early Egyptian paintings have endured to this day. Incidentally, even their deceased were treated with this wax, which resulted in the mummies we are able to see today, and which imbues them with a sense of both mystery and permanence. The combination of materials I sometimes use in my work – steel, wood, lead and copper – have an ever-changing patina and surface, whereas the wax, which is difficult to control and may lead to wonderful accidents, in the end counteracts the aging and metamorphosis of the rest of my materials.

Above all, I love the PROCESS of making a painting – revealing parts of myself that might be a mystery even to me. I love the smells, textures, endless decisions and accidents that come from the paint, the wax, and any other materials, that seem to be consistent with my purpose, my aesthetic. The making of art is a sensual endeavor, and all the better if it speaks to the viewer – to me that is the greatest barometer of success.”—John D. Greene


Images: Clockwise from top – Greene in his Pine Plains Studio; Untitled 24×24, oil and encaustic on panel with nails and copper; Untitled 48×48, oil and encaustic on panel with copper; Untitled, 18×18, Oil and encaustic on panel.
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Recent Exhibitions
Rochester Contemporary Art Center, Rochester, NY, December 2015
transFORM Gallery, New York City, NY, September 2015
Holbrook Arts Center, Millbrook School, Millbrook NY, March 2015
Gallery on Main, Windham, NY, December 2014/January 2015
Rochester Contemporary Art Center, Rochester NY, December 2014
NY Institute of Technology, New York City NY, February 2014
The Grange, Stanfordville, NY, December 2013
Hygienic Gallery, New London, CT, July 2013
Art Hamptons, Eckert Fine Art, Bridgehampton, NY, July 2011
Art Hamptons, Eckert Fine Art, Bridgehampton, NY, July 2010
Art Palm Beach, Palm Beach, FL, Eckert Fine Art, January 2010

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