Anthony Green is well known for his irregularly shaped, highly energetic paintings with their vibrant colours and distorted or conflicting perspectives. His subject matter is often humorous, depicting himself, his wife or other members of his family. Frequently using his home as a setting, many of these narratives within the works appear to be autobiographical.
Other works have a dreamlike quality and scenes are reminiscent of daydreams, fantasies, or a vision of an alternative reality, free from the limitations of space and time.
Green’s use of the pictorial space in his work reflects the way in which we view space around us, not confined by square edges or a single viewpoint as in traditional painting. Painted onto board which is sometimes specifically shaped to the work, these paintings begin to become objects themselves, or can be seen more as sculptures. Resembling pieces of a giant jigsaw, they give the viewer a sense of being shown a small piece of a larger ongoing narrative, or a glimpse into the fantastically chaotic world continually playing out inside the artist’s mind.
Public collections owning Green’s work include (among many others) Tate Britain, The Victoria and Albert Museum, Boston Museum of Fine Art, Setagaya Art Museum, Tokyo and the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York. He has had over 100 one-man shows worldwide since 1962. To celebrate the Millennium, his pictorial sculpture, Resurrection, was shown in fifteen UK cathedrals.