Stephen Greene, a New York born artist, known for his lyrical abstract works, began his career as a figurative painter, showing canvases inspired by Renaissance art in his solo debut at the Durlacher Gallery in 1947. In the late 1950s, he turned to abstraction and, 1960, arrived at his mature style of atmospheric color fields punctuated by fluid lines and biomorphic shapes.
He taught at Princeton University, Tyler School of Art in Philadelphia and the Art Students League in New York. Greene has been granted numerous awards throughout his career, including the Andrew Carnegie Award and the Saltus Gold Medal from the National Academy of Design.
His works are in major collections throughout the world including The Corcoran and the Hirshhorn in Washington, D.C.; the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, the Museum of Modern Art and the Whitney in New York City; San Francisco Museum of Modern Art; the Tate in London and in corporate collections throughout the world, including ATT, the Chase Manhattan Bank, Westinghouse, Hallmark and Mitsubishi. He had several museum surveys, including a show at the Corcoran Gallery in 1963. One of his last exhibitions was in New York’s David Beitzel Gallery in 1998.
Greene’s work is intellectually symbolic and reflects his deep reservoir of thoughts and emotions. His highly refined skill in both line and color throughout his career evolved from literal symbolism to make him one of the world's most recognized classic symbolists.
The monoprints produced in 1991 at STUDIO-f show Greene at his best - strong symbolism with a skillful use of colors.