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Painter TOM GREEN, "Inventory," Opens 1/29 IN FAIRFAX

January 25, 2007
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January 30—February 21, 2007

Fairfax, Virginia, January 22, 2007—“I am always impressed with his directed and intelligent approach to his work,” states Walter Kravitz, Gallery Director at George Mason University’s Center for the Arts, in announcing Inventory, a new exhibition by painter Tom Green, opening on January 30 at the University. “The shapes and meanings in his paintings are partially the result of excavations of thought originating from chosen doodles from his own journal,” continues Kravitz, and, he explains, “The title of the show, Inventory, is particularly fitting since the show documents processes in his studio.”
Inventory opens on January 30, 2007 in the Fine Arts Gallery on Mason’s Fairfax campus and runs through February 21. A reception is held on Tuesday, January 30, 2007 at 7:00 p.m.
Green’s highly symbolic and cerebral work, influenced by sculpture, features dozens of seemingly disparate items: stacked stones, a staircase, a tree branch, and a flame, among others, seamlessly melding to create highly dimensional paintings.
“He paints like a sculptor,” explains Mason faculty member and painter, Paula Crawford, “adding one shape to another, one figure onto the next, constructing his picture plane through addition, as if building a fence out of found wood.” And, Walter Kravitz concludes, ”His works are not only retrospective but also forward reaching—insisting on investigations into new territories and narratives. For many years he has been inspiring his students to gain a fuller and clearer understanding of their own personal prosody in visual form; but also what it means to be an artist in today’s complex landscape.”

Tom Green was born in New Jersey and earned his B.A. from the University of Maryland. He has had numerous solo and group exhibitions including the Troyer Fitzpatrick Lassman Gallery in Washington, D.C., wpa/corcoran Project Space; Gallery K, Washington, D.C.; the McLean Project for the Arts, and Maryland Arts Place. Tom Green collections are housed in the Guggenheim in New York, and the National Museum of American Art and the Corcoran Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C. He is the recipient of an Artist Fellowship Grant from the National Endowment for the Arts, as well as an Individual Artist Award from the Maryland State Arts Council.

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