ALAN GREEN (1932 - 2003)


Two Reds to Cream Angle, 1991

Oil on linen
Signed and dated verso
120 x 120 cm

“Every drawing and painting is an attempt to make a kind of transportable reality….painting consists largely of attempting to find a language for each work that is sufficiently coherent and to the point to allow some form of dialogue to take place. A dialogue which hopefully the spectator will be able to enter. “Alan Green, in Contemporary Artists, St. James Press Ltd, New York 1977, p362

For Alan Green the relationship between the structures in his work was paramount. The canvas is divided into horizontal and vertical sections with opposing textural surfaces. Parts that are brushed and scratched are in opposition to matt or glossy areas. The colours in Green’s work are distinctively his, using old fashioned techniques to grind his own colour, thickly painted in an exploration of the materiality of paint itself.

Alan Green participated in the Biennale de Sao Paulo, Brazil in 1973 and Documenta 6, Germany in 1977. His works are included in numerous public collections, including Tate, London and Museum of Modern Art, New York.

Alan Green: Two Reds to Cream Angle