Elliott Green, “Odd Tree” (2006-2019), graphite pencil, wax pencil, watercolor, and oil paint on paper, 8.5 x 11 inches
Whoever puts together a survey exhibition of Elliott Green will have an interesting time. Born in Detroit in 1960, and essentially self-taught, he began showing in New York in 1989, with a debut exhibition at Hirschl & Adler Modern. For the next 20 years he continued to exhibit regularly in the city, but for nearly a decade, between 2009 and 2017, he refrained from solo shows. When he did begin exhibiting again, it was with a body of work that was completely different from what had first gained him attention. He had attained something that few artists accomplish in their lifetime: he had reinvented himself.