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b. 1946, Australia

Denise Green Biography

Denise Green’s vibrant paintings are characterised by the interaction of colour, gesture and form on a minimal plane. Her distinctive fan-shaped motifs drift across areas of richly pigmented negative space, interspersed with clusters of calligraphic lines. Inviting contemplation for their simplicity and spaciousness, Green has described her paintings as ‘vessels’ that hold ineffable states of emotion.

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An interest in translating subjective experience has led to a recent series of collage works. Green breaks up photographs of specific locations by collaging-in vertical strips of abstract drawing. The objective photograph is both challenged and enhanced by the integration of Green’s ambiguous drawn line. In these works Green presents a phenomenological experience of reality that entwines internal consciousness with the observable view.

Born in Melbourne, Denise Green moved to New York City in 1969 after studying at the École des Beaux Arts, Paris. Further studies under Mark Rothko and Robert Motherwell grounded her approach to painting in the modernist tradition. In 1978, she was curated into two groundbreaking exhibitions, Young American Artists (Solomon R Guggenheim Museum) and New Image Painting (Whitney Museum of American Art), which launched her career in America. Green has been the subject of nine museum retrospectives in the past twenty years, including shows at MoMA PS1 in New York (1999), the Art Gallery of New South Wales (2001) and the Museum Kurhaus Kleve in Germany (2006). Her work is in the collections of the Museum of Modern Art and the Solomon R Guggenheim Museum, New York; the Corcoran Gallery of Art, Washington DC; the Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago; the Albertina, Vienna; the Museum of Contemporary Art Australia, Sydney; the Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney; the UQ Art Museum, Brisbane; the Heide Museum of Modern Art, Melbourne; and the National Gallery of Australia, Canberra. In 2007 she was awarded the Order of Australia.

Text courtesy Gallery 9.

Denise Green Featured Artworks

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Ruins Alexandria (The Mad Half Mile) Blue by Denise Green contemporary artwork painting
Denise GreenRuins Alexandria (The Mad Half Mile) Blue, 2018Acrylic and silkscreen ink on canvas
122 x 213 cm
Gallery 9 Contact Gallery
To Be Read by Denise Green contemporary artwork painting
Denise GreenTo Be Read, 2016Acrylic on canvas
122 x 213 cm
Gallery 9 Contact Gallery
RJG: Air Raid Alexandria (Variant 3) by Denise Green contemporary artwork photography
Denise GreenRJG: Air Raid Alexandria (Variant 3), 2018One photograph and four drawings
46 x 59.5 cm
Gallery 9 Contact Gallery
RJG: Rue Nabi Pacha (Variant 2) by Denise Green contemporary artwork photography
Denise GreenRJG: Rue Nabi Pacha (Variant 2), 2017One photograph and three drawings
46.5 x 57 cm
Gallery 9 Contact Gallery
Recovered by Denise Green contemporary artwork painting
Denise GreenRecovered, 2017Acrylic and silkscreen ink on canvas
122 x 170 cm
Gallery 9 Contact Gallery
Saar Elegy: From Above by Denise Green contemporary artwork mixed media
Denise GreenSaar Elegy: From Above, 2014Three works on paper and one photograph
75 x 188 cm
Gallery 9 Contact Gallery
Saar Elegy: Loop by Denise Green contemporary artwork mixed media
Denise GreenSaar Elegy: Loop, 2014Three works on paper and one photograph
75 x 188 cm
Gallery 9 Contact Gallery
The Saar (and Subjectivity) Section 4 by Denise Green contemporary artwork works on paper
Denise GreenThe Saar (and Subjectivity) Section 4, 2014One work on paper, one photograph
84 x 95 inches
Sundaram Tagore Gallery Contact Gallery

Denise Green Recent Exhibitions

Denise Green Represented By

Gallery 9 contemporary art gallery in Sydney, Australia Gallery 9 Sydney
Sundaram Tagore Gallery contemporary art gallery in Chelsea, New York, USA Sundaram Tagore Gallery Hong Kong, New York, Singapore

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