Marilyn Green Art

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Art by Marilyn Green

"Marilyn Green creates the kind of art that a curator or critic yearns for in today's art climate that is sadly dominated by a plethora of hype, shock and the mundane. She fuses diverse elements into an extraordinary sensitive perspective of the universal human condition with innovation and technical prowess. She follows her own vision and makes her indelible mark."
-- Renee Phillips, author and Director Manhattan Arts International


Marilyn Green is a visual artist currently living in Long Island, NY. Green has taught art, art history and writing in numerous universities and colleges, including Bellarmine University and Spalding University in Louisville, Wayne University in Detroit, Hunter College and New York University in New York City and the University of Cincinnati. She has also lectured extensively on art and humanities at universities in the U.S. and Britain. Green has degrees in painting and music, and was a President’s Scholar and Ford Foundation Fellow.

Her paintings have been shown extensively in the U.S., the U.K., Canada and France; the combination of visionary statement and humor have earned her warm reviews and she has been chosen for grants and awards, including a Millay Colony Fellowship, a two-year salaried artist-in-residence position funded federally, and state arts council grants for work including oils, watercolors, film animation, batik and graphics. Her art has appeared on record album covers and commissioned for murals, dance performance and television.

Green’s work is in private and corporate collections in the U.S., Canada, Scotland, England, Spain, France and Croatia. Her paintings have a strong relationship to the imagery in Cirque du Soleil, although she was painting these archetypal figures 10 years before Cirque was founded. “When I first saw them perform in the mid-1980s in Montreal, I was overjoyed,” Green said. “I felt I was part of a much larger artistic community.”

My work deals with humankind’s relationship to other things, tangible and intangible. I see the line between “ordinary life” and what’s often called spiritual experience or mysticism as very ephemeral, arbitrarily created by us to block out what we fear. Physicists tell us that what we regard as reality is only a small portion of what really is, and that is certainly my experience.

I paint the intersection between everyday life and the rich well of meaning and connection that illuminates it. The Good Humor Man, for instance, is an evocation of the warm summer evenings when the ice cream truck comes around, but it also brings genuine good humor and magical treats. The animals in my paintings, real or fantastic, are woven into a relationship with the rest of the world, and so are the plants and suns.

Of all the kind things that have been said about my painting, the one I treasure most came from a patient in a hospital who told me, “I’m not afraid when I look at this; I’m happy.”

Marilyn Green paints at her studio in an old carriage house...

I‘ve always been fond of the Doors quote “There are things that are known and things that are unknown. In between there are the Doors.” It’s that juncture I’m drawn to: the mundane where it verges on the mystic, the intersection among people, plants and animals, the reality that exists just behind what we regard as reality. I love a touch of humor in my art and I enjoy it most when people look at something I painted and smile or laugh.

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