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
Kira Nam Greene continues to explore and expand her interests in the sociopolitical arena of female identity and sexuality. The title of her exhibition, “Women in Possession of Good Fortune,” refers to the opening lines of Jane Austen’s novel, “Pride and Prejudice” and alludes to both the persistence of sexist assumptions and the achievements made by women from different races, ages and sexual orientations. Continue reading
I am so honored to announce that I have been included as a finalist for the 2019 Outwin Boochever Smithsonian Portrait Competition.