Anthony Green was educated at Highgate School, London, before studying at the Slade School of Art from 1956 to 1960. In 1960 he received a French Government scholarship to Paris where he lived for a year before returning to England to marry Mary Cozens-Walker. Green returned to the Slade to teach in 1964, and in 1967 received a Harkness Fellowship to the United States where he lived for two years in New Jersey and California.
Green’s first solo exhibition was held in 1962 at the Rowan Gallery, and has since had over 80 solo shows in many cities worldwide, including London, Tokyo, New York, Rotterdam, Chicago, Berlin, Brussels and Sidney. Retrospectives of his work were held at the Royal Academy of Arts (1978) and in Japan (1987-88). Green’s work Resurrection, a pictorial sculpture for the Millennium, toured British cathedrals throughout the UK in 2000.
Green was elected an Associate Member of the Royal Academy in 1971 and, having won the Royal Academy Summer Exhibit of the Year in 1977, was elected a full Member the same year. In 1991 he became a Fellow of University College London and in 1996 was shortlisted for the Jerwood Painting Prize. Green is a Trustee of the Royal Academy and lives and works in Cambridgeshire.
Green’s work mainly chronicles his family and surroundings. He maintains that the pictures in his mind have no edges and do not therefore have to be contained within a rectangular form. Most of his work is painted on irregular-shaped supports and, more recently, on free-standing structures.