Scott M. Greene’s surreal oil paintings explore several aspects of the Western experience: politics, pop culture, our relationship to the natural world, and the history of art itself. The artist says that the meaning of each work remains elusive for even him until some time has passed with the work, often not working with a complete idea and instead building one idea onto another.
“There’s a brief moment of clarity when I enter the studio the day after working into the night,” Greene says, in a statement. “Before my mind’s eye adjusts and accepts things, which is really only a matter of seconds, I see the work fresh. I see what I achieved, or what slipped through my fingers into nothingness. It’s a fleeting glimpse of what I actually have, and almost always at odds with what I thought I had. When little shift occurs between my memory and what I confront anew, I know I’m close to something.”
See more of his recent work below.