pastel on wood
32 x 50 inches
Daniel Greene's newest masterpiece, Ceremony, is a deeply personal piece for the 81 year old artist symbolizing his passing the torch to the talented younger artists of a new generation. In Ceremony the older woman, who is pictured in numerous other works by Greene, holds a standard 20 x 24 inch portrait size canvas stretcher above the head of the younger woman, framing her as the face of a new generation of artists. The numbers in the background signify the randomness often associated with today's digital age. The decorative frieze atop signifies the important presence of tradition and heritage in art and takes inspiration from 15th Century Flemish altarpieces. Ceremony will be featured in the upcoming fall edition of The Artist magazine.
The Encyclopedia Britannica considers Daniel Greene the foremost pastelist in the United States and in 1983, the Pastel Society of America elected him to the Pastel Hall of Fame. In 1989, his work represented the United States at the first International Biennial of Pastel in San Quentin, France. Greene is the recipient of American Artist's magazine's first Lifetime Achievement Award and the Oil Painters of America Society have named him to their Hall of Fame. He has also been awarded the American Society of Portrait Artists John Singer Sargent award for lifelong dedication to the achievement of excellence in portraiture.
Daniel Greene's paintings and pastels are in over 500 public and private collections in the United States and abroad. A retrospective exhibition of Greene's paintings and pastels was held at the Hammond Museum in New York. His recent exhibition "Subway Paintings" at the New York Transit Museum at Grand Central Terminal was the inaugural event in the centennial year of the New York subway.
Highly regarded as a portrait artist Greene's subjects include leaders of government, banking, education, and industry.
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