AboutKira Nam Greene’s work explores female sexuality, desire and control through figure and food still-life paintings, surrounded by complex patterns. Imbuing the feminist legacies of Pattern and Decoration Movement with transnational, multicultural motifs, Greene creates colorful paintings that are unique combinations of realism and abstraction, employing diverse media such as oil, acrylic, gouache, watercolor and colored pencil. Combining Pop Art tropes and transnationalism, she also examines the politics of food through the depiction of brand name food products, or junk food. Recently, Greene started a figurative painting series spurred by the 2016 Presidential Election, Women’s March, #metoo movement and ensuing crisis of conscience, this new body of work aspires to present the power of collective action by women.
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I am pleased to annouce that I am a finalist for the Smithsonian’s National Portrait Gallery. My work, along with the other finalists, will be presented in “The Outwin 2022: American Portraiture Today,” a major exhibition premiering at the National … Continue reading
I will be joining The New School Parsons Fine Arts faculty in Fall, 2018. I look forward to working with graduate students in MFA program and meeting many distinguished colleagues. http://amt.parsons.edu/finearts/faculty/kira-nam-greene/
My painting Lychee Cocktail will be featured on the cover of the Multi-Ethinic Literature of the United States (MELUS) Journal.
As a McMillan/Stewart Chair in Painting at MICA (Maryland Institute of Art, Baltimore, MD), I gave a public lecture at Falvey Hall. The topic was figure painting, ranging from Caravaggio to Kerry James Marshall. I try to weave some distinct … Continue reading
As part of the McMillan/Stewart Endowed Chair position at MICA I was asked to give a presentation on my work.