George D. Green’s paintings are visual paradoxes, illusions created through shadow and geometry to create impossible imagery. “No matter how closely you look, this illusion never breaks down,” states Green.
Reflecting back to the trompe l’oeil movement of the late nineteenth century, but with a post-modernist twist, Green uses layers of shaped canvases and wood to create his illusions.
Born in Portland, Oregon in 1943, Green was encouraged at first by his grandfather, a talented cartoonist. He later studied at Washington State and taught at the University of Texas at Austin.
He became interested in the improvisational aspect of art through a love of jazz. A friend told Green that jazz musicians “just make it up as they go along.” “That’s just what I do,” states Green.
As Green’s style matures, he has moved away from the graffiti-like geometric paintings of the 1980s and into a style more closely related to the trompe-l’oeil paintings of the nineteenth century. His current style grew out of the abstract-geometric frames found in works such as Agamemnon, Aphrodite, Pan, seen here, in which he paints highlights and shadows to create the illusion of elaborate woodwork.
The George Green paintings are the generous gifts of Louis K. and Susan Pear Meisel.