John Greer (sculptor)

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Origins (1995), installed outside the Art Gallery of Nova Scotia in Halifax

John Greer is a Canadian sculptor.

Life and work[edit] is Greer's carved marble and cast bronze sculptures that confirm his place as one of the most compellingly thoughtful and accomplished sculptors at work in Canada.[1]

Ron Shuebrook

Born in 1944, in Amherst, Nova Scotia. Greer studied Fine Art from 1962–1967 in Halifax, Montreal and Vancouver. Greer has exhibited his work since 1967 extensively in Canada, USA, Korea & Europe, he taught sculpture at NSCAD University in Halifax for 26 years and is based in South Shore, Nova Scotia, and Pietrasanta, Italy.

His exhibits include:

  • "Origins, 1995" is permanently installed in the Ondaatje courtyard of the Art Gallery of Nova Scotia.
  • "Gathering, 2001", adjacent to the National Museum in Yongsan Park in Seoul, Korea
  • "Reflection, 2001", the Monument to Canadian Aid Workers memorial to Canadian Aid Workers in Ottawa, Canada.
  • "Reflecting on Culture" in Halifax, NS in 2006.
  • "Alluding to Allusion" April, 2008 in Brookhaven College, Farmers Branch, Texas.[2]

In 2009, he installed the piece "Humble Ending" in La Serpara, a sculpture garden North of Rome; the solo exhibitions of "APPRÉHENSION - APPREHENSION" at Galerie Samuel Lallouz in Montreal, PQ in 2009. In 2011 his work "The Sirens" was permanently installed in a private park in Switzerland; the large-scale installation "Cradle" was completed in the spring of 2012 for the same private collection. The Art Gallery of Nova Scotia has a major travelling retrospective of Greer's work, "retroActive", which opened in 2015.

Greer is the recipient of numerous awards and grants; in 2009 he received the prestigious Governor General's Award in Visual Arts in recognition of his lifetime achievement and significant contribution to contemporary Canadian visual art, he prefers sculpture as his language and tries to engage the viewer in being a human, thinking object among objects, a being "of" the world, a cultural object.



  1. ^ Shuebrook, Ron (September–October 1987). "John Greer-Dalhousie Art Gallery, Halifax, 1987". Vanguard. 16 (4). Retrieved 5 October 2013.
  2. ^ John Greer, Thomas Seawell Exhibit at Brookhaven Archived 2008-05-17 at the Wayback Machine
  3. ^ "Members since 1880". Royal Canadian Academy of Arts. Archived from the original on 26 May 2011. Retrieved 11 September 2013. Cite uses deprecated parameter |deadurl= (help)
  4. ^ "2009 Winners". Governor General's Awards in Visual and Media Arts. Archived from the original on 2 April 2015. Retrieved 31 May 2016. Cite uses deprecated parameter |deadurl= (help)

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