John Greer has exhibited his work since 1967 extensively in Canada, USA, Korea and Europe. He taught sculpture for 26 years as full Professor at the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design in Halifax, Nova Scotia. In this position his thinking and teaching has shaped and influenced contemporary sculpture and three-dimensional art practice in Canada.
His most recent solo exhibitions were “APPRÉHENSION - APPREHENSION” at Galerie Samuel Lallouz in Montreal, PQ, “Reflecting on Culture” in Halifax, NS and “Alluding to Illusion” in Dallas, TX, USA. The Art Gallery of Nova Scotia is currently in the planning stages of a major traveling retrospective of John Greer’s work, scheduled to start in 2015.
John 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.
Greer has realized a number of public commissions, among others “Gathering, 2001”, adjacent to the National Museum in Yongsan Park in Seoul, Korea and “Reflection, 2001”, the memorial to Canadian Aid Workers in Ottawa, Canada. His work “Origins, 1995” is permanently installed in the Ondaatje courtyard of the Art Gallery of Nova Scotia and he has works in major national and international collections.
In 2009 John installed the piece “Humble Ending” in La Serpara, a sculpture garden North of Rome. In 2011 his work “The Sirens” was permanently installed in a private park in Switzerland and the large-scale installation “Cradle” was completed in the spring of 2012 for the same private collection.
John Greer works in Canada and Italy. 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.