About

Harold Greene has been designing and building furniture for over 30 years. His pieces can be found in a variety of settings, both residential and commercial. Some of Harold’s major commissions include the following clients:

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HAROLD GREENE ARTIST STATEMENT

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My guiding principal as a furniture maker has always been to make objects that are both useful and beautiful. Being that my primary medium is wood, I employ traditional methods of work that have been in use across many cultures for hundreds of years. My intent is to create works that will last well beyond my lifetime.

When I first started in 1974, I was inspired by the work of Charles and Ray Eames, George Nakashima, Sam Maloof, Gerald McCabe, and James Krenov. Though I never got to meet Nakashima nor the Eameses, I was fortunate to have met Maloof, McCabe, and Krenov before they died. The works of the above mentioned are different from each others in design and method, but what they have in common is an unmistakable honest simplicity. This quality is what I strive for in my work.

I seldom make pieces that have only one species of wood. I prefer use woods of contrasting and complementary colors from around the world, but whenever possible I use local woods salvaged from downed trees or demolished buildings. Los Angeles is a veritable botanic garden, with street and garden trees that were originally natives of places like Australia, England and Russia. I have developed a network of colleagues and friends that share the cost of milling these ‘urban timbers’ into usable lumber for sculpture, furniture and objets’dart.

In my most recent project, I used plantation teak from Costa Rica to build 20 large benches for the Port of LA. The benches are installed on the waterfront in San Pedro as part of the new Southern Pacific Slip plaza. The three designs I created were inspired by historical photographs of the San Pedro waterfront circa 1910. At that time nearly everything was made of wood, even the ships; and the port was a hub for importing lumber from the Far East and the Pacific Northwest.

I have also designed the seating for the Ralph J. Scott Fireboat Museum plaza in San Pedro. This is known as the Downtown Waterfront Project which is slated to open in 2014.

I am also a musician and have been making musical instruments, primarily electric basses, for many years. My latest instrument is a 5 stringed bass guitar that blends its hollow body acoustic tone with its electric pickup tone. Also, I recently completed the electronic circuits for a vintage style tube amplifier and housed it in a finely crafted cabinet of Curly Maple, Wenge and Carob wood.

My future projects will embody my love of furnituremaking and my passion for music and musical instruments.

List of Shows and Exhibits

Neuartig Gallery – San Pedro, CA – Group Show (2012)

Angels Gate Cultural Center – “Reflections on the Harbor: Our Stories and Memories” (2012)

Contemporary Crafts Market – Santa Monica, CA – Group Show (2010-2012)

Featured Artist – OC Fair Visual Arts Pavilion – Costa Mesa, CA (2008)

Honorable Mention -Post Picasso Juried Online Exhibit (2005)

Traveling Juried Group Show (The Good Wood Show):

  • Urban Forest Gallery – San Pedro, CA (2005)
  • Tree People Center – Beverly Hills, CA (2005)
  • Pasadena Museum of California Art – Pasadena, CA (2005)

Art Furnishings Show – Pasadena, CA – Group Exhibit (2001-2003)

Pasadena Heritage Craftsman Weekend – Pasadena, CA – Group Exhibit (1995-2005)

Modern Masters – HGTV – Nationally Televised Show (2001)

The Renaissance Gallery – San Pedro, CA – Group Show (1996)

Los Angeles Convention Center – Los Angeles, CA – Gallery Sponsored Group Show (1995)

Juried Show: Recycled and Salvaged Materials – Palos Verdes, CA (1994)

Studio Show – Mr. Greene’s Studio – San Pedro, CA (1987)

Group Show – Sixth Street Gallery (1986)

Resident Studio Artist’s Group Show – Angels Gate Cultural Center – San Pedro, CA (1982)

Group Show – The Greene Line Gallery – San Pedro, CA (1980)

Writings

“Sculpt Your Own Hardware” – Fine Woodworking Magazine, Nationally Published Bi-monthly (2009)

Articles

“Branch Out” – Daily News, (2012) “Art You Can Use” -Daily Breeze, Daily News, Pasadena Star ( May 2010)

Public Art

Installation, 20 Plantation Teak Benches for the Port of LA (2013)

Major Commissions

Lagreid Home, Complete Interior San Pedro, CA (1983)

Paulsen Home, Suite of Furniture Rancho Palos Verdes CA (1987)

Soderstrom Home, Curved Staircase San Pedro, CA (1992)

Sanders House By Richard Neutra, Complete Interior (1995)

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Library Alehouse, Exterior and Interior Santa Monica, CA (1995)

Morgan’s Jewelers, Complete Interior Torrance, CA (1996)

CBS News Desk Hollywood CA (1997)

NBC “Extra” Desk Burbank, CA (1998)

Brown Home, Various Furniture Bradley, CA (2001)

Zuliani Home, Curved Kitchen San Pedro CA (2007)

Pellman Home, Complete Interior PV Estates, CA (2009-2011)

Port of Los Angeles, SP Slip Benches San Pedro, CA (2012 to present)