|In Mike Green's studio is a table littered with the small plastic toys of other decades, other cultures, everything from kewpie dolls and baby Christs to superheroes and thimblesize Mexican cakes. They sit there like actors and props waiting to be transformed into the protagonists and scenarios of the metaphoric scenarios that are Mike Green's recent paintings. There they re-emerge as innocents, menacers, or what-have-you, bathed in various shades of the not-quite-supernatural light that has always been a mesmerising subject of Green's paintings. .... His paintings have always been metaphors for his psychic landscape, but recently his interior world has opened up to embrace increasingly disturbing aspects of the outside world and the culture we all share.
extract of an essay by Victoria Hammond, 2006