Abstract landscape painting of a red-fuchsia colored tree against a periwinkle blue sky with a large white moon
Oil on panel in a pale gold Larson Juhl wood veneer frame 
28.5 x 43 inches framed
Artist's signature is located on the back
Sturdy wire
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Greg Decker
Red Tree: Abstract Landscape Painting of Blue Sky with Moon & Fuchsia Palm Tree

2017

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Abstract landscape painting of a red-fuchsia colored tree against a periwinkle blue sky with a large white moon Oil on panel in a pale gold Larson Juhl wood veneer frame 28.5 x 43 inches framed Artist's signature is located on the back Sturdy wire is installed for easy hanging This modern abstracted landscape painting was created by artist, Greg Decker, in 2017. The horizontal landscape, made with loose, gestural brushstrokes, features an abstracted fuchsia colored palm tree against a periwinkle blue nighttime sky. A glowing white half moon rests in the background above blue mountains and a brown and pink toned tree line. The abstracted landscape is situated behind two neutral colored curtains that peek into the composition from the side of the frame. The painting is complimented with a pale gold Larson Juhl frame. There is wire installed on the back for easy installation. Artist Statement: I am influenced by three main impulses, or strains, of painting. One is the bold, colorful, shape-oriented painting of (German) Expressionism, with its broad forms and adventurous composition; by early French (I would call it Classical) modernism of Picasso's Blue/Rose paintings; lastly by the classical realism of Renaissance painting. I really think of painterly form in sculptural terms, and how to embody that through color and light. In terms of content, I am a narrative painter. Even a still-life or landscape is embedded in story. I do seem my figures as characters in an on-going theater. I tend to be attracted to themes of action and work. The stories that I paint are culled from what I see around me (people carrying things, walking, running), from stories and myths, and from my "inner heritage" of art history. As a child I was entranced by biblical stories. I am most interested in mythology, especially Western mythology, and sometimes I grapple with distinct myths (Europa, Leda and the Swan, the Minotaur myths, etc.); often these myths inform more personal stories which are in my blood. Advertisements have messages. Paintings have meanings, embedded within the form. Last week I was in the library, and saw the librarian carrying a vertical stack of books, nearly staggering under the weight of the burden. I began to think about that in symbolic terms: the weight of liberating books. Later I made a small oil sketch, which is still in my studio, sleeping perhaps. One day it may re-awaken and stumble into a huge painting with its new burden, transformed into a powerful, patterned figure. May be man or woman, may never awaken. In terms of patterning: I am guilty of loving pattern, an unstoppable tendency in all culture(s); some I believe is imbibed from Gustav Klimt, much I am certain comes from the vivid African fabric patterning I saw for much of my childhood, having grown up in Africa (Belgian Congo). In terms of color: I love color which is bold, but not acidic, bright and intimate. My palette is a simple, mostly Mediterranean palette (warmish), chromatic but, like all good things, rooted in brown. In terms of form: I am a tonal and chromatic painter, shape-oriented rather than linear. I begin my paintings on a (generally warm-toned) rather dark surface, beginning with lights, then moving to darks. I work fairly "openly", broadly, energetically; but I work the painting in stages, allowing it to awaken on its own terms. For me, control is freedom; technical mastery is essential to great form. More about the artist: I have been a professional oil painter for thirty-five years. Currently living just outside of Nashville TN, my early influences were European and African. I was raised in Congo (Belgian Congo/Africa) and that still shows through in my work. I hold two MFA (Master of Fine Arts) degrees, from Cranbrook Academy of Art (MI) and from the New York Academy of Art (NYC). I have studied with Leland Bell, Fairfield Porter, John Moore, Vincent Desiderio and Martha Erlebacher, and was recommended by Jack Levine and George Tooker to spend two seasons painting at The MacDowell Colony (NH). I spent twelve years in Philadelphia, then twelve years in New York City, where I taught at both MoMA and at the Metropolitan Museum of Art as a Visual Teaching Artist through Lincoln Center Institute. I am at home lecturing in museums and galleries, and during this time spent valuable time in Europe (UK, France, Italy) painting, and studying major collections. One series of twenty drawings was completed in two weeks in a hotel room in Rome, and I spent much time painting in Brittany. Currently am planning to be in France, teaching in Valmondois (outside of Paris) with Amelie de Gaulle's "France With Friends" cultural immersion adventure. Teaching my own series of workshops in painting, I moved to Nashville (TN) and to Asheville (NC) for a total of eight years, during which time I began sculpting (figure/clay), produced etchings and woodcuts. I immersed myself in literature and poetry, and this continues to deeply influence my work. After five years in New Mexico, where I produced my 'frieze' paintings, I returned to Nashville to stay, choosing a studio outside of town, where the landscape is a constant source of inspiration. I continue to paint prolifically, read profusely, write sporadically and enjoy music continually: mostly choral, solo piano, hard soul, early psychedelia, obscure and inimitable garage music.

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  • Dimensions
    H 28.5 in. x W 43 in. x D 1.5 in.H 72.39 cm x W 109.22 cm x D 3.81 cm
  • Gallery Location
    Hudson, NY
  • Reference Number
    LU2273819492
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