DescriptionFROM THE ESTATE OF DR. EDMUND P. PILLSBURY
ELLIOTT GREEN (American, b. 1960)
Acrylic on canvas
42 x 56 inches (106.7 x 142.2 cm)
Signed on overlap
Postmasters Gallery, New York
Elliott Green was born in Detroit and lives and works in New York City. He is the recipient of the 2011 Rome Prize.
Although both the date of this work and the year Ted Pillsbury acquired it are unrecorded, it seems likely that both can be placed around 2000, the year Ken Johnson wrote the following reaction to the artist's Spring show at Postmasters Gallery for the New York Times (May 26, 2000): "Elliott Green's paintings look like Saturday morning cartoons filtered through a child's feverish delirium. Rubbery arms and legs with bizarrely swollen fingers and toes, big scary shoes and sad, misshapen faces are packed into weirdly abstracted, emotionally charged scenarios. Even as they tap into elemental desires and anxieties, Mr. Green's easel-size canvases remain works of great formal elegance, combining carefully penciled serpentine lines, tightly interlocking de Kooningesque compositions, muted primary colors and satiny surfaces. A change from the larger, more open compositions of his last show, these have a taut, Cubist punch."
The process by which Mr. Green arrives at his imagery begins with allover scribbles in pencil, which are gradually refined to finished representations. Most writers on his paintings detect something of Arshile Gorky's biomorphism in them, particularly in his marvelous line that is so emotionally charged.
Estimate: $4,000 - $6,000.
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