"Called Drawing-Paintings, the works are eight feet long, with complex compositions that are obviously well considered and thoughtful statements. Greenly uses only charcoal and black conte crayon in his renderings, but with these two mediums is able to achieve extraordinary delicate and luminous effects."
"...Colin Greenly began as a painter of nature's objects. As early as the mid-1950s, he began to sense an energy exchange, both in space and in time, between the objects represented in his painting. This is especially evident in a series of hand-string-kite evocations and in certain paintings and drawings in which images emerged subconsciously, as if from other times or lives. His awareness of these energy/time exchanges grew constantly, and he initiated a search for universal forms through which this exchange could be communicated more directly. Greenly's searching led him to the discovery of forms in nature that are frequent enough to be considered almost universal. The forms he used became completely abstract, but through their organic quality they retained the energy of nature." Tom Leavitt, Herbert F. Johnson Museum of Art, Cornell University
"...To create a compact sculptural unit, he organized a progression of superimposed forms in parallel planes, keeping each form separated from the next by narrow open space, Thus, the work assumed a life of its own through subtle and gradual changes of light reflected in between and on each form. This effect emphasized the transitional quality of the shape. This use of light appeared in his work as early as 1961 in a series of relief paintings and was continued in the polystyrene pieces of the next period of his work. Initially the works were either entirely white, although, the artist points out, not white alone, as the reflected light breaks down into various colors - or wholly black.
...In the straight-line polystyrene works, Greenly proceeded to create forms which were more stable than the proceeding supercircles....In these works, as in the acrylic pieces, the artist assembled each work as a unified series of spaced, light-reflecting progressions."
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