Dan Green paints mainly in oil on canvas or gesso panels using traditional glazes and varnishes, but also works with pastel and watercolour. Much of his time is involved with commissioned portraits.
The main theme of his work, as it has now evolved, is the depiction of the beauty in nature, particularly that of flowers and plants. That beauty exists in nature is undeniable, but it is not just about nature in full bloom, that is too obvious and superficial. He wants to challenge the accepted idea of beauty, by exploring and showing that there can equally be beauty at the point where age has started to set in and the plant is decayed and dying. It is not merely a visual thing but also something that elicits an emotional response, an understanding of the transience of things. That emotional response is crucial in determining the subject to be painted.
Of equal interest is our past, our childhood memories and how they relate to the present, and makes us the people we are. Taking snapshots from the family album and similar images, he integrates them with snapshots of his own memory, and in so doing asks the viewer to recall their own memories. The role of the photograph is crucial in reminding us of our past, but with the distance of time our memories of the event depicted are not necessarily one and the same. Dan seeks to address this in his paintings by combining the elements in an altogether different image that shifts focus away from the specific in the original source material in terms of time and space. The viewer can thus relate his or her own experiences and memories to the paintings and engage with them on a personal level.
Dan Green has a first class honours degree in Fine Art from the Kent Institute of Fine Art, Canterbury and also a BA in Art History from University College London. He has exhibited extensively in and around Kent and London, in both group and solo shows.
1999 BA (Hons) Fine Art, Kent Institute of Art & Design, Canterbury
1997 Diploma in Fine Art, Kent Institute of Art & Design, Canterbury
1995 Certificate in Fine Art, Kent Institute of Art & Design, Canterbury
1979 BA (Hons) History of Art, University College, London
EXHIBITIONS / INFORMATION
2011 Cork Street Open
2010 Cambridge Art Fair
2009 Cambridge Art Fair
2009 Art Liberating Lives, Mall Galleries, London
2008 Imaginative Portraits, Royal Birmingham Society of Artists, Birmingham
2007 Cabot Financial, Kings Hill, Maidstone
2006 The Colour Red, Bluemoon Gallery, Tunbridge Wells
2006 Shorlisted, Celeste Art Prize 2006
2005 Art of Love, Oxo Tower London
2004 Chichester Open Art Exhibition
2004 Daily Mail ‘Not The Turner Prize’, Mall Galleries, London, (prizewinner)
2003 Garrick Milne Portrait Prize, Christies, London
2003 South East Open Studios
2003 ‘Selfridges Windows’, London in collaboration with Britart
1999 Georges House Gallery, Folkestone (one man)
1998 The Metropole Arts center, Folkestone
1998 Ashford Library Gallery
1997 Reeves & Neylan, Canterbury
1995 Pfizer Limited, Sandwich
1979 Chateau de Harzé, Liege, Belgium