John Greer

"The viewer of sculpture should not take a sculptural image into the brain for consideration as he does when viewing two-dimensional space. This would make the body redundant psychologically. To view sculpture, you must maintain the body in space awareness and encounter the object or sculpture as an equal. The authority of your body should not be relinquished as it is when you look into the second dimension. Your sensibilities must remain physically grounded." (1991)

John Greer, a sculptor, was the catalyst behind "Halifax Sculpture," a 1990s movement, rooted in minimalism and conceptualism, which inspired works using images and narrative.

Greer studied Fine Art from 1962 until 1967 in Halifax, Montreal and Vancouver. He taught at the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design for over 25 years, was a founding member of one of Canada's first artist-run centres (Eyelevel Gallery), and is a long-term supporter of CARFAC (Canadian Artists' Representation/Le Front des artistes canadiens).

Over the past 30 years, Greer's work has been included in some sixty group and fifty solo exhibitions and in over twenty collections at home and abroad. He received several public commissions, grants and awards, specifically the Victor Martyn Lynch-Staunton Award (1998) and first prize at the 1991 International Sculpture Symposium, "Matière à Musée" in Montréal. John Greer lives in West Dublin, Nova Scotia and divides his time between his studios in LaHave, Nova Scotia, Dallas, Texas and Pietrasanta, Italy. He is the winner of 2009 Governor General's Award in Visual and Media Arts.

Photo: Martin Lipman

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