South Boston native John Greer will present a solo, two-month art exhibit during September and October at The Prizery.
The exhibit opens Sunday, Sept. 8, with a reception sponsored by Parsons-Bruce Art Association in the Robert F. Cage Gallery from 2 p.m. until 4 p.m.
Greer, who was born in South Boston in 1953, discovered a propensity for making pictures at an early age.
“I was inspired by a three-month trip in 1973 to study European art, which ingrained in me an appreciation for the rich history of figurative work, and a critical yet playful skepticism towards the contemporary that continues to guide my practice,” he said.
Greer completed a BFA in painting and printmaking at Virginia Commonwealth University in 1975 and a BA in art education from the same institution in 1979.
He moved to New York City, earned an MFA in painting at Hunter College in 1984 and was an active member of the art community in the Lower East Side during a period of intense foment and cultural productivity.
As a painter and printmaker, Greer moves fluidly between abstraction and representation; color and black and white; pattern and figuration.
“From the late 1980s through the early 2000s, I was known for dazzling geometric abstractions featuring re-combinations of vibrantly colored shapes and for referencing hard-edged modernism with a hand in the visible mark-making,” he said.
In 2006 Greer took a sabbatical from his studio practice. He returned in 2008 with the series “Night and Day at Home.” This series depicts India ink drawings on paper of the interior of his apartment and the urban landscape of Jackson Heights, New York, in varying lighting conditions.
“These introspective, keenly observed works open a window into my everyday life and read as intimate and autobiographical,” Greer added.
Greer has exhibited his work at The Drawing Center, New York; The LAX Art Program, California; George Billis Gallery, New York; The Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, Virginia; Wooster Art Space, New York; Martina, Johnston, California; and Galerie Marie-Louise Wirth, Zurich, Switzerland; as well as in numerous group exhibitions.
He has been an artist-in-residence at the Vermont Studio Center (2016), and Golden Snail at the Rogue River-Siskiyou National Forest, Oregon (2011).
His work has been reviewed in Art in America, The New York Times and Paper Magazine.
Greer collaborated with Lambda Award recipient Henry Flesh on the illustrated novel “Michael” (Akashic Press, 2000), that tells the story of an older gay man who encounters an apocalyptic cult, a situation that echoes experiences in Greer’s life.