Denise Green, ‘A Rose is a Rose (Helen)’, 2015, Sundaram Tagore Gallery

About Denise Green

One of the preeminent Australian artists of her generation, Denise Green is known for her large-scale, semi-abstract and boldly colorful paintings, often associated with the New Imagist movement. Green left Melbourne for New York at age 17, where she would study under Mark Rothko and Robert Motherwell, receive her big break with inclusion in a 1968 Whitney Museum exhibition, and, later, become associated with the Semiotext(e) group. Her paintings, full of saturated colors and obliquely recognizable imagery, are highly personal investigations of identity and history, often alluding to the artist’s experiences of grief and loss. “The inspiration for my work comes not only from personal and psychological sources,” she adds, “but from diverse cultural sources such as Modern Western art and Aboriginal culture.” Although her output has included everything from Rothko-like color fields to minimalist black-and-white works on paper, certain symbols appear through Green’s oeuvre, including a geometric fan shape.

Australian, b. 1946