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VALOR & VICTORY - The Art of the Soldier

To purchase a painting, or if you have any questions or comments, please email njrep@njrep.org or call 732-229-3166. Please note, prices listed do not include shipping.

AFRO MASK
SOLD

INDIA
18X22 Acrylic on canvas $350

WOMEN AT MARKETPLACE
36X36 Acrylic on canvas $475

ME AND MOM ISLAND PEOPLE
24X36 Acrylic on canvas $475

SUN
12X24 Mixed construct $375

THE MUSIC MAKER
28X36 Acrylic on canvas $450

MOTHER AFRIKA
SOLD

FRENCH HORN
22X32 Mixed construct $450

SARAH OCANSEY
18X22 Acrylic on canvas $350

GRACE JONES
24X36 Acrylic on canvas $525

HALO WOMAN
18X24 Acrylic on canvas $350

TRIBAL MAN
24X36 Acrylic on canvas $475

HEART OF AFRIKA
SOLD

TRIBAL QUEEN
23 1/2X46 Mixed construct $950

WARRIOR PRINCESS
22X28 Acrylic on canvas $350

QUEEN OF MY OWN THRONE
SOLD

TRIBAL MAN II
22X30 Acrylic on canvas $475

IN THE MARKETPLACE
36X24 Acrylic on canvas $450

WE SHARE WHAT WE HAVE
36X24 Acrylic on canvas $475

GAZELLE HEAD
36X32 Mixed construct $475

AFRO KALEIDOSCOPE
24X36 Acrylic on canvas $450

BLUE OCCASION
18X24 Acrylic on canvas $350

NINNEY
23 ½ X48 Acrylic on canvas $750

ENGAGE TO DISENGAGE
SOLD

DOCTOR BOO BOO
SOLD

BLOOD JUSTICE
SOLD

90's SCENARIO
23 ½ X 48 Acrylic on board $525

CORONA
22X30 Acrylic on canvas $375

BLACK JESUS
24X36 Acrylic on canvas $375

IN THE MIDST OF WORSHIP
SOLD

SOUL SEEKER
SOLD

BLACK MOUNTAIN CONSTRUCT
24X36 Mixed construct $525

SISTA GIRL
23 ½ X48 Acrylic on board $650

TRIBAL PRINCESS
24X36 Acrylic on canvas $425

BROTHER MAN
23 ½ X48 Acrylic on board $650

SILVER LEAVES OF BLACK AND WHITE
SOLD

LOVE THAT JAZZ
24X36 Acrylic on canvas $475

TRIBUTE TO PARIS
12X22 Mixed construct $375

POLKA DOT PRINCESS
SOLD

MASKED DELUSION
24X36 Acrylic on canvas $575

Sexy Instrument
24 X 36 Acrylic on canvas $475

Soul Patrol
48 X 36 Acrylic on canvas $1500

Sunflower on Yellow
16 X 22 Acrylic on canvas $425

Afro Psychedelic Infusion
16 X 18 Acrylic on canvas $475

The Beautician
18 X 22 Acrylic on canvas $425

Black Art Matters
24 X 30 Acrylic on canvas $525

Rainbow Cello
18 X 22 Acrylic on canvas $475

Grooving 1
24 X 30 Acrylic on canvas $575

A Cup of Apples
16 X 22 Acrylic on canvas $425

Afro Psychedelic Infusion
16 X 18 Acrylic on canvas $475

Mr. Frenchie
24 X 36 Acrylic on canvas $525

Amazonian Warrior
36 X 48 Acrylic on canvas $975

Midnight Blues
18 X 24 Acrylic on canvas $450

Why Me?
24 X 30 Acrylic on canvas $575

Horn Player
18 X 24 Acrylic on canvas $450
 

 
OF "VICTORY" AND VALIDATION An "outsider" painter offers a guided tour, of the inner mind and the "Art of the Soldier"

As recalled by visual artist and Army veteran Quinton L. Greene, it was one of those moments that alter the trajectory of a life; in this case an instant in which "everything changes…when you see somebody die in front of you."

That the incident occurred on peacetime duty…as a tragic on-the-job accident in the company motor pool, rather than on the field of battle…doesn't change the fact that "that one moment in time sent me into a downward spiral" of depression, addiction, and a diagnosis of post-traumatic stress disorder.

For the soldier, the following years would be marked by a medical discharge from the service, and nearly a full decade of "trying to deal with it in my own way…by drinking, and all the things that come from drinking."

A move from his native North Carolina to New Jersey in the early 1990s found Greene reuniting with family members, and seeking help through local crisis centers and treatment programs…which led in turn to the emergence of four factors that would eventually "really combine to help me get my act together, and overcome my demons."

There was a re-connection to his faith, and the sense of purpose derived from community volunteer work with the church. There was education; a pursuit that would see the thirty-something student earn a Bachelors degree in Biblical Studies from a local community college, followed by a Master of Arts from the North Carolina School of Theological Studies. And there was true love, in the person of fellow church volunteer Priscilla Wims-Greene, who would become his wife of more than twenty years in 1997.

There appeared another, entirely unexpected, agent of change on the horizon…and it wasn't until he first picked up a paintbrush in 1999 that Quinton Greene came to the realization that "it might be a good idea to throw some energy into art…my wife bought me a little starter paint set, and I thought I'd see what I could do; get a little paint on the rug and make some pictures."

Fast forward two decades, and the 58 year old painter is an established artist with a home studio in the small South Jersey community of Sicklerville; affiliations with numerous regional galleries…including the African American Heritage Museum (Newtonville, NJ), the Noyes Museum of Art at Stockton University, Annex 24 Art Gallery (Lancaster, PA), and the Jewish Community Center Artists and Crafters Alliance (Brooklyn, NY)…and a presence at such events as "Art in the Park" at Long Branch, NJ.

It was that participation in the open-air fair at Long Branch that would catch the eye of event organizer Mare Akana, herself a multi-media artist and curator of Dappled Pony Gallery at West End Arts Center, a repurposed primary school building now under the stewardship of the city-based nonprofit professional playhouse New Jersey Repertory Company. An introduction to "NJ Rep" co-founder Gabor Barabas…and the interruption of the company's planned season of activities, brought about by the COVID-19 public health emergency…found the curator and the producer inviting Quinton Greene to serve as the first featured creative in an ambitious and all new project: The West End Virtual Museum of Art.

Now live at njrep.org as of August 8, 2020, the Virtual Museum offers as its inaugural installation "Valor & Victory," a retrospective of Greene paintings spanning the years 2011 to the present day, and framed as an immersive guided tour (with commentary by Akana and the artist) through the corridors and corners of a coolly contemporary exhibition space, expertly conjured (by NJ Rep's award winning set designer Jessica Parks) right down to the viewing benches, wine and cheese.

Subtitled "The Art of the Soldier," the display of some 40 paintings spotlights the work of a self-taught "outsider" who took inspiration from the Cubist movement and the classic canon of Van Gogh ("I painted a lot of sunflowers back in the day"), while tapping into Afro-Caribbean and Pacific folk art traditions.

Employing vivid colors, bold patterns, and recurring themes (including an exploration of the role of masks in society); often incorporating glass beads and other three-dimensional components, Greene's acrylic-on-wood creations utilize what curator Akana describes as "recyclable, sustainable materials of the imagination."

To Greene, for whom "painting came along just in time to fill a gap in my life," the collection of images reflects the positive input of the people who encouraged and believed in the late-blooming talent. The end result, one that transmits its message loud and clear to the observer, is that of "a mind, body, spirit infusion of enlightenment that holds me on the path of mental freedom from negative past experiences."

The hand-painted creations of Quinton L. Greene, all of which exist in the physical world, are available for sale through the "Valor & Victory" exhibit at The West End Virtual Museum of Art site, accessible via the NJ Rep site at njrep.org. Inquiries about the artist's work, as well as opportunities to help support the ongoing mission of New Jersey Repertory Company, and additional information on the Museum project, are available by emailing njrep@njrep.org.