Greene retrospective opens at Butler-Trumbull

A retrospective exhibition by New York artist Daniel Greene opens Sunday at the Butler Institute of American Art Trumbull Branch.

Louis Zona, executive director of the Butler, said, “I’ve had various dealings with the National Arts Club in New York, working with the pastel society and the various other New York artists’ groups that meet there. The star of the show oftentimes is a painting or drawing by Daniel Greene. He recalls the good old days of representational painting … There’s a handmade quality to the work.”

Greene has been inducted into both the Pastel Society of America and Oil Painters of America halls of fame. He’s received American Artist magazine’s lifetime achievement award for oil painting and the John Singer Sargent Award for excellence in portraiture.

He is a former instructor of painting at the National Academy of Design and at the Art Students League of New York. He also is the author of the books “Pastel” and “The Art of Pastel.”

His paintings and pastels can be found in more than 700 public and private collections worldwide.

As a portrait artist, Greene has painted business leaders and political figures. Recent series include paintings inspired by the New York subway system and images from art auctions.

The Butler retrospective will include a range of work from paintings created in the 1970s to recent pieces.

“We pretty much left it up to him,” Zona said. “What I told him is, to a number of people, your work is being introduced to them. What would you like to share with them? He kind of ran with that.”

Greene will attend and opening reception from 1 to 3 p.m. Sunday at the Howland museum.

This exhibition is sponsored in part by the Thomases Family Endowment of the Youngstown Jewish Federation, Gallery Henoch, Jack Richeson & Co. Inc. and Portraits Inc.