Tom Green Paintings to Be Exhibited in Fine Arts Gallery

“I am always impressed with his directed and intelligent approach to his work,” says Walter Kravitz, gallery director at Mason’s Center for the Arts, announcing “Inventory,” a new exhibition by painter Tom Green opening on Tuesday, Jan. 30.

“The shapes and meanings in his paintings are partially the result of excavations of thought originating from chosen doodles from his own journal,” continues Kravitz. “The title of the show, “Inventory,” is particularly fitting since the show documents processes in his studio.”

Tom Green painting: First One
“First One” acrylic on canvas, 2001

The exhibit will run through Feb. 21 in the Fine Arts Gallery on Mason’s Fairfax Campus. The gallery is located on the ground floor of the Fine Arts Building in Room B104. A reception will be held on Wednesday, Jan. 31, at 7 p.m.

Green’s highly symbolic and cerebral work, influenced by sculpture, features dozens of seemingly disparate items. Stacked stones, a staircase, a tree branch and a flame, among others, seamlessly meld to create highly dimensional paintings.

Tom Green painting:
“Trickster Vibe” acrylic on canvas, 1998

“He paints like a sculptor,” explains Mason faculty member and painter Paula Crawford, “adding one shape to another, one figure onto the next, constructing his picture plane through addition, as if building a fence out of found wood.”

Kravitz concludes, “His works are not only retrospective but also forward reaching – insisting on investigations into new territories and narratives. For many years he has been inspiring his students to gain a fuller and clearer understanding of their own personal prosody in visual form; but also what it means to be an artist in today’s complex landscape.”

Green was born in New Jersey and earned his BA from the University of Maryland. He has had numerous solo and group exhibitions in Washington, D.C., at galleries such as the Troyer Fitzpatrick Lassman Gallery; WPA/Corcoran Project Space; and Gallery K, as well as the McLean Project for the Arts and Maryland Arts Place.

Tom Green collections are housed in the Guggenheim in New York, and the National Museum of American Art and the Corcoran Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C. He is the recipient of an Artist Fellowship Grant from the National Endowment for the Arts, as well as an Individual Artist Award from the Maryland State Arts Council.

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