From the artist: “The Poetic Licenses series have an obvious connection to the Artist Licenses I created and exhibited in New York, Chicago, Long Beach, Miami and Paris in 1981 and subsequent years. Each appeared to be designed by a famous artist for their individual country or state revealing his visual signature style; Chagall’s has an upside-down A, Christo’s is wrapped, Pollock’s is paint-splattered, Chamberlain’s is bent and smashed, Dali’s is made of melting gold, and Seurat’s is rendered with dots. They are the quintessential personalized vanity plate…The recent works are a variation from the previous work in that several are grouped together and refer to familiar quotations made by or about artists or art…. Many observers do not realize each grouping is meant to be read as a statement, and most wonder where I found them; not knowing that I actually create them. There is little question that they are literary in nature, but the juxtaposition of color, shape and supposed origins make them extremely visually interesting.”
Greg Constantine, American (1938 - )
Greg Constantine has taught painting, drawing, and art history at Andrews University for 36 years while conducting 15 art history summer sessions for students in Europe. As his exhibition record reveals, he began exhibiting nationally in 1969, and since 1975, numerous one man shows including 15 in New York City that have dealt with Art about Art. It is very possible his involvement in the teaching of art history and the intensification of artists dealing with other artists' work have resulted in this similar theme recurring in his own art.
The latest theme Mr. Constantine has been exploring is the combination of three famous portraitures from famous art historical paintings all recombined and gathered together into one work of art. When questioned about the new approach his work was taking he replied. "I’m not sure why, but it just feels (intuitively) right, I think I have something here."