'New order 2003', Steve Green

Painting of a room with a seating and other furniture

Oil on board, 25 x 29 cm

…burning cars and crosses, glossy elite, murder, disaffected youth, Hell’s Angels, sterile lab tests, border police, the Mirage Hotel (Las Vegas), Masters Hotel (Cincinnati), mobile lab testing units, Frick Collection (New York), porn, prostitution, palaces (St. Petersburg), jet planes, Goths, dense woodland, Nazis, airports, Miami beach homes, interrogation…

Distant yet strangely familiar, the images chosen to narrate my paintings have been put together to inform the viewer of a world in discontent, in conflict. Social groupings not normally seen together are now side by side, woven into a complex plot, never aware of who’s on whose side. Filmic, these dark and grungy crime plots are left deliberately unresolved, open to interpretation.

The paintings are like books with no endings, novels built out of our own times and surroundings. Not about our world, they invent a new world disconcertingly similar to ours. It is possible to make connections between one painting and the next, between each pocket of narrative. Threads of narrative can be orthodox or traced back and forth between works, as if things happening simultaneously.


Steve Green was born in Darlington in 1978. He studied at Queen Elizabeth College Darlington 1997-98, Kingston University 1998-2001 and the Slade School of Fine Art 2001-3. He has been included in a number of group shows in London including Self Service 40 Underwood St 2001, Us & Them Great Eastern Hotel 2002 The Rocca Pistola Collection 13 New Inn Yard 2003 and Royal Academy Summer Show 2003.