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Trent Reynolds' Green Man Paintings at Santa Monica College  

By Lookout Staff

September 9, 2010 -- Who is the green man and what does he represent? Decide for yourself Thursday when Santa Monica College's Emeritus College kicks off an exhibition of five large-scale paintings and two installations of multiple portraits by Trent Reynolds.

The answer -- or answers -- suggested by the intriguing combination of works that consist of drawing, digital imagery, and painting may be seemingly contradictory, according to the artist.

Reynolds has said that over the years the green man in his paintings has represented "the devil on my shoulder," "sickness but also life," "over-indulgence and apathy but also abundance and appetite.

"They only reaffirm to me that the answer is usually not one or the other but a little bit of both," Reynolds said. "He stands, or sits, as a witness that one can't be without the other. The green man is me."

Reynolds uses several media to create his paintings, including photographs and images, glue, and layers of glazed and opaque paints.

The opening reception will be held from 5 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. Thursday, September 9 in the gallery, located on the first floor of Emeritus College, 1227 Second St. in downtown Santa Monica. Parking is available next door in Santa Monica Public Parking Structure No. 2.

The show runs through October 15. Gallery hours are 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday.

For information, call (310) 434-4306 or visit


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