**Originally Listed At $1800**
Joel Greene (American, b. 1953), landscape painting of New Mexico, dated 2000. Signed and dated by the artist on the lower right. An elegant, painting of the sun-kissed New Mexican landscape in which Greene uses his signature abstract yet figurative style - masterfully modifying shape, color, line, and tone to define the scene. In a gorgeous palette of golden yellow, earthy sienna, soft rose, verdant green, dove grey, and onyx black hues, Greene captures rock formations, hills, and desert plants of the Southwest. According to Gussie Fauntleroy, author of "Joel Greene New Mexico Modernist", "(Greene) says he has 'always been struck by the geological forces that shape our land: volcanoes, uplift erosion.' He suggests this visually in a way that brings to mind a toned-down regionalism of Thomas Hart Benton combined with the shorthand abstraction of Milton Avery." That is no small compliment - indeed, Greene's work resonates with these masters of American Regionalism. Size: 16.625" W x 12.625" H (42.2 cm x 32.1 cm); 21" W x 17" H (53.3 cm x 43.2 cm) including frame
Fauntleroy also writes, "Through his paintings and prints, Joel Greene ...maintains a conversation, a lively exchange with the great Modernists of the past. With the New Mexico landscape permeating his experience, this dialogue echoes especially the artistic voices of New Mexico Modernists of the early 20th century, such as Andrew Dasburg, Josef Bakos and Marsden Hartley. Yet Joel's contribution to the conversation is uniquely his own. As his work has evolved over the years, he has refined a visual vocabulary of swirling shapes and volumetric forms that seem to define the essence of this place and its topography, vegetation and weather, allowing the viewer to take part in the exchange in an ongoing way. As Ernesto Mayans puts it, 'In changing the reality of painting, Joel Greene is also changing our perception of reality'." (Gussie Fauntleroy, author of Joel Greene New Mexico Modernist, NM Magazine Artist Series)
Born in Denver, Colorado and raised in northern New Mexico, Joel Greene earned his MFA from the University of Iowa where he studied with Mauricio Lasansky. Greene's works have been collected by: Museum of Fine Arts, Santa Fe, New Mexico; Harwood Foundation, Taos, New Mexico; Roswell Museum and Fine Art Center, Roswell; UNM Museum, Albuquerque, New Mexico; Highlands University Library, Las Vegas, New Mexico; Arizona State University, Tempe, Arizona; University of West Virginia Fine Arts Museum, Morgantown, West Virginia; and the Inn of the Anasazi Hotel, Santa Fe, New Mexico.
Provenance: private Hawaii, USA collection; acquired from Ernesto Mayans Gallery, Santa Fe, New Mexico, USA
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Frame and painting are both in excellent condition. Signed and dated by the artist on the lower right.