DELAND, FL – October 9, 2019 – The Museum of Art – DeLand will present a career retrospective of highly regarded portrait artist Daniel Greene beginning October 18 in the Museum’s downtown gallery at 100 N. Woodland Blvd. Mr. Greene is considered by many to be the foremost pastel artist in the United States.
Born in Cincinnati in 1934, Greene has been committed to the use of pastels - crayons made of powdered pigments - since he first started creating portraits as a street artist in the 1950s. His more notable subjects include Eleanor Roosevelt, Ayn Rand, astronaut Walter Schirra, William Randolph Hearst, and “Wendy’s” founder Dave Thomas. Greene's best-known paintings are set in New York City’s subways. Riding the train from his home on Long Island into the city for his day job, Greene recalled, "I couldn't help observing. I saw people sitting on a bench under a mosaic and thought that would make an interesting painting. It immediately occurred to me, however, that it was going to be more than one painting.” To date, Greene has created more than 100 works set in the subway. His "Subway Paintings" exhibition was the inaugural event in the 2004 centennial celebration of the New York City subway system.
Greene’s oil paintings and pastels are in more than 700 public and private collections, including The Smithsonian and the House of Representatives in Washington DC, and New York City’s Metropolitan Museum of Art. In 1983, the Pastel Society of America elected Greene to the Pastel Hall of Fame, and in 1989 his work represented the United States at the first International Biennial of Pastel in Saint-Quentin, France. In 1995, the American Society of Portrait Artists presented him with the John Singer Sargent Award for lifelong dedication to the achievement of excellence in portraiture.
Greene, now 85, continues to work from his studio in North Salem, New York. “Each painting,” he says, “leads to another.”
The Daniel Greene Retrospective will be on view through December 29 at the Museum of Art - DeLand, located at 100 N. Woodland Blvd. Gallery Hours are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday, and 12 p.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday. Admission is $5 and free to children under the age of 12 and all Volusia County School Students and Stetson Students.
About the Museum of Art – DeLand
The Museum of Art – DeLand is a vital and interactive visual arts museum dedicated to the collection, preservation, display and educational use of the fine arts in Central Florida. Established in 1951, the Museum is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization, and is comprised of a 23,000 square foot arts facility housing five galleries on two levels located at 600 N. Woodland Blvd. and the Downtown Galleries located at 100 N. Woodland Blvd in DeLand, Florida. Enriching the community through its permanent collection, art exhibitions and educational programs, the Museum is a source of cultural focus and is recognized statewide by its peers for academic excellence and community outreach. The Museum is supported by its Guild, Krewe Nouveau, grants, admissions, generous patrons and donors, and Museum Store adjacent to its galleries in Downtown DeLand. To learn more about the Museum, its programming exhibits and opportunities to engage with the Arts visit us at www.MoArtDeLand.org or Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.
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