Elliott Green has been recognized for his figurative paintings born from improvisational mark-making. In recent years, Green began to expand his language to develop a new sense of space in his work, where references to mountains, reservoirs and skies are woven together with gestural energy. Continuing to push his work into new areas, the artist recently began to experiment with layering these disparate approaches to painting atop one another, reworking some of his earlier, figurative pencil drawings that remained in the corners of his studio. In one result of these experiments, Counter Offer, we see Green overlaying luscious oil paint in wavelike patterns over delicately drawn line-work, creating a poetic correspondence between these two distinct periods of work.
Elliott Green (b. 1960) lives and works in Athens, New York, a small town situated between the Catskill Mountains and the Hudson River. He has had solo exhibitions at Pamela Salisbury Gallery, Hudson, NY; Peyton Wright Gallery, Santa Fe, NM; Pierogi, New York, NY; Hill Gallery, Birmingham, Mich; Gallery D’Amelio Terras, New York; Tibor de Nagy, New York; and Postmasters, New York. He has received two Pollock-Krasner Foundation Grants, the Rome Prize, and three prizes and awards from the Academy of Arts and Letters, along with numerous residency grants. A book of his paintings, Elliott Green: At the Far Edge of the Known World, with essays by six writers, was published by Pierogi Gallery NYC in late 2019.