Stephenson Showcase: Fredrick Green’s “Being There”

Stephenson Showcase: Fredrick Green’s “Being There”

Fredrick Green paints what he knows. People, places, moments in time. Most recently, he has been exploring the theme of “Being There”. 

Fred graduated from Indiana University with a BFA in printmaking. In his words, he “got a degree from IU and it took 35 years to get a paycheck from it”. Shortly after, Fred took up a job in construction design. He developed his business and creative skills for five years before becoming an architect. It turned into a life-long career and his fine arts journey went into hiatus. In 2016 he and his wife built an art studio onto their current home; he began experimenting with painting, and she experimented with textiles. 

Fredrick Green

Each painting is made with a loose hand. Thin layers build depth and create vivid tones. Smaller details are done in brushwork and larger details with tools like stamps and silicone spatulas. Fred finds the process similar to lithography. Always the storyteller, he captures images of his travels, heartfelt moments with family, or forgotten fragments of Americana. Lately, Fred has been finding inspiration close to home. Even the fields he drives past lend themselves to his imagination. “Nothing is the color you think it is.”

See “Being There” in the Stephenson House on Nickel Plate Arts campus Wednesday-Friday 12 p.m. to 5 p.m. and on Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Join Fred for his free public reception alongside Nickel Plate Arts First Friday on Nickel Plate Arts campus, Friday, August 5th from 6-9 p.m.

Les Reinhardt
lreinhardt@nickelplatearts.org