About John Greer

John Greer is an established exhibiting Canadian artist and has been involved in the past 15+ years in placing thoughtful work in the public domain. He is exhibing 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.

John Greer’s “retroActive” in 2015 was shown at the Art Gallery of Nova Scotia in Halifax, NS. This extensive exhibition spanned almost 50 years of artistic activity and a 350page monograph with the same title was released in June 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.

In 2014 he co-founded “Intercontinental Sculpture Inc.” in order to be able to handle even more succdessful the business part of creating art for the public domain. With this company he has a team of people involved in the succesful and smooth realization of a large project.


Greer’s most recent public commissions are an addition to the McMurtry Gardens of Justice “The Rule of Law is a reflection of us all”, a free-standing sculpture that was unveiled in October 2017. The Memorial to Canadian Aid Workers in Ottawa, Canada “Standing Together” has been unveiled by Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau in May 2017. “Gathering, 2001” is adjacent to the National Museum in Yongsan Park in Seoul, Korea and “Reflection, 2001” in Ottawa, Ontario. 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. His work is widely reviewed online and in printed matter. 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.


John Greer with Facing East in the courtyard of the Art Gallery of Nova Scotia, Summer 2015.

John wearing one of the "7 Spectacles of King Midas", 2012!

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Bus Shelter in Halifax with retroActive poster!
Thinking Back to Gertrude and Henrie, 2015
Installation View retroActive with Threshold, 2015; Civilization, 1990/91; PaperMoney, 2012
Wait of Water by John Greer, 2014 Bay of Fundy Detail of Wait of Water, October 9th, 2014; retroActive tied up, tide down, looking back across the bay where the piece was first realized in 1972
National Gallery of Canada : THE PROUST QUESTIONNAIRE
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