Art of Jonathan Green 2018 Calendar
The Art of Jonathan Green 2018 calendar showcases paintings of the southern culture of his Gullah heritage from the inland marshes near the Sea Islands of South Carolina. Jonathan Green, a graduate of the prestigious School of the Art Institute of Chicago, has won national awards and is recognized by curators and museums as one of the South’s most important living artists and among the greatest African American artists. In 2009 Jonathan Green was received the Key of Life Image Award from the NAACP. His paintings are found in museums in Germany, Sierra Leone, and throughout the United States.
Published by Tide-mark, this deluxe Art of Jonathan Green wall calendar opens to 13.75 × 20.5 inches
Paintings featured in the 2018 edition include:
Oil on canvas, 18 by 24 inches
Acrylic on watercolor paper, 10 by 14 inches
End of the Day
Acrylic on watercolor paper, 10 3/4 by 14 1/2 inches
At the Wharf
Acrylic on watercolor paper, 11 by 14 inches
Oil on linen canvas, 16 by 20 inches
Oil on canvas, 36 by 48 inches
Oil on linen canvas, 12 by 16 inches
Acrylic on watercolor paper, 11 by 14 ½ inches
Oil on masonite, 16 by 20 inches
Earth to Earth
Oil on linen canvas, 16 by 20 inches
Cane Field Workers
Oil on linen, 12 by 16 inches
Acrylic on watercolor paper, 10 ½ by 14 ½ inches
About the Artist
Gullah culture has become a point of pride and a marker of identity for many South Carolinians, regardless of heritage, and Jonathan Green's poetic images have grown to be synonymous with that distinctive culture flourishing at the margin of land and sea. While much of Gullah tradition has been transmitted through stories and songs, Green has stirred our imaginations by interpreting the spirit of these traditions through visual images. He has depicted virtually every element of Sea Island culture, including blues singers in juke joints, religious services, men harvesting sweetgrass for baskets, children having their hair braided, graves embellished with crockery, many other personal objects, and even fields being plowed by mules.
Even though the folk culture of the Sea Islands has been Jonathan Green's stock-in-trade,he is not a Gullah folk aratist. Enering a career path that took him far for his Lowcoungry roots, Green served as an Air Force illustrator before enrolling as a textile design student at the East Grand Foks Technical Institute in Minnesota. In 1978, he began his formal study of drawing and painting at the Art Institute of Chicgo, earning a bachelor's degree in 1982.
His formal study of art at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and his knowledge of African, African American and Eruopean art traditions allowed him to develop his trademark style during the 1980s. By the time the landmark book Gullah Images: The Art of Jonathan Green was published in 1996, his paitings were as compositionally sophisticated as any canvas by Harlen Renaissance painter Aaron Douglas, and incorporated a sense of color as vibrant and complex as the post painterly abstraction of Morris Louis. Fused with these compositional elements was Green's Lowcountry imagery, rich in visual symbolism and metaphorical narrative.
In 2015 Spoleto USA recruited Jonathan Green to use his creative cultural anthropological perspective as a visual designer for stage and costumes, for the production of Porgy and Bess created by George Gershwin, Dubose Heyward and Ira Gershwin that was performed at the new Charleston Gaillard Center in 2016. His focus was to reflect the history of Charleston, South Carolina that reflects on the stage the roots, strength, and heritage of the Gullah Geechee community.
In 2017 Jonathan Green, who founded the Lowcountry Rice Culture Project in Charleston, South Carolina is using this foundation to help sponsor a The Requiem for Rice to honor “enslaved African ancestors lives, ingenuity, labor and sacrifice for generations in a reclamation of our history and culture, and reconciliation among people of African descent, Africans, Americans, and Europeans.” (Edda L. Fields-Black) The Requiem for Rice is collaboration between The Lowcountry Rice Culture Project in Charleston, SC; the Producer and Librettist is Edda Fields-Black, Associate Professor, from Carnegie Mellon University Department of History, (Pittsburgh, PA); and many other strategic partners throughout the county serving as composers, conductors, musicians, and researchers.