“I have always been visually fascinated by an object’s surface...whether
it is the hand-rubbed patina of a well-used puebloan olla, or the visual
pentimenti created by torn remnants of Chicago subway advertising posters.
To me these surfaces exhibit a certain visual history that is associated with
the object’s past...they also display unique designs that are captivating
in their accidental randomness.
In my work, I have explored a creative process which involves applying
multiple layers of color and gesture to produce a desired result. I then
destroy the image by completely painting over it. Using an electric hand
sander, I partially grind off the top layer to reveal the under painting
beneath. The resulting patina is a record of the painting’s visual history
and the multiple stages of my creative act.”
ROGER GREEN’S initial emotional and cultural influences
began as he was growing up on the North Side of Chicago.
He lived in a nest of apartment buildings laced with narrow
gangways and ever-rising brick walls, that kept the world
out and his creative imagination in.
As a teenager Roger’s oasis from this urban maze was
in the form of a unique Art Major program at the Nicholas
Senn Academy. There he was mentored by Elliot Balter
and Elliot Jacobson, both respected instructors at the Art
Institute of Chicago. Their introduction to the world of art
and its history, along with his attendance at the Chicago
Academy of Art, was to stimulate a life-long interest in the
world of fine art.
Roger‘s journey into the creative fray began when he
worked for two of the world’s largest advertising agencies,
where he become a Creative Director/ Vice President. He
created and produced award-winning television and print
campaigns for nationally known clients. Roger has received
many awards for creative excellence–including a Lion d’
Argent at the Cannes Film Festival, France; a Gold Medal
from the International Film and Television Festival, New
York; a Gold Medal from the Hollywood International Film
Festival; and three Clio Awards.
During this time Roger was also exploring his own creative artistic processes–large format Abstract Expressionistic canvases with great attention given to surface treatment
and textural effects. His first one-man show at the Claussen Gallery was a success and led to additional solo exhibits in the greater Chicago-land area. Roger also taught Graphic Design and Art Direction at the Illinois Institute of Art and was a member of their Art Curriculum Advisory Board.
He has been a guest instructor at the Lake Forest Graduate School of Management and the Ray Vogue School of Design.
Over fifteen years ago, Roger was drawn to New Mexico
because of its unique mixture of cultures and the ever-
changing artistic landscape. Here he has experienced a
new-found freedom of expression, that has manifested
itself in a unique painting style that combines the initial
urban influences of the city with the magic and power of
the New Mexican cultural presence. His paintings are
expressive, gestural and elegant.They are strikingly modern, yet they capture a glimpse of the archetypal–the collectively inherited unconscious ideas that are present in all of us.