Elliott Green was born in Detroit, Michigan in 1960 and has been making paintings in New York since 1981. After spending a year in Rome in 2012, his work developed a new sense of space and landscape, characterized by panoramic, far-reaching vistas, and geophysical features like mountains, reservoirs and skies that seem to melt impossibly into pure gesture. In his recent work, the conventions of landscape are upended to produce a visual experience of equal parts gestural energy, emotion, memory, and metaphor.
Until a decade ago, Green believed that his, "home was in his head, and the ideas and images it produced would be generated independently wherever he went". He is now aware that, "every new environment he enters in some way influences the way he thinks and the paintings he makes."
Jana Prikryl notes, "Elliott Green's paintings appear to be in continuous motion, the way animals, plants, and ultimately rocks and mountains are in continuous motion, even when our human vision fails to apprehend it. Placing great thick gestures of paint amid minute intricacies and vice versa, his compositions demonstrate the movement of the universe on both the macro and the micro scales."