September 01 - September 22nd, 2015
For the past few years the focus of my work has become more introspective and philosophical with less emphasis being put on the literal depiction of the landscape and more on the feelings evoked by the experience. The expansiveness and the quiet energy of coastal British Columbia are strongly evident in the imagery and the muted palette of these recent paintings. The are is meant to be a transformative interpretation rather than a literal rendering of the coastal landscape. Using cold wax as a medium with oil paint has allowed me to develop a personalized style that translated and interprets nature and iconography through layers of transparent glazes.
I have been strongly influenced and inspired by the work of the mid-19th century English landscape painter Joseph Mallord William Turner and by the late 20th century American Abstract Expressionist painter Mark Rothko as well as many contemporary painters and photographers including my colleagues and students at UFV
The expansiveness and the quiet energy of coastal British Columbia are strongly evident in the imagery and the muted paette in these recent paintings by Dennis Greer. Using cold wax as a medium with oil paint, Dreer has developed a personalized style that reanlates and interprets nature and iconography though saturated layers of transparent glazes. The are is a transformative interpretation rather than a literal rendering with the intention of evoking the emotion, memory, and essence of the West Coast landscape.