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Art of Jonathan Green 2019 Calendar

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The Art of Jonathan Green 2019 calendar showcases 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. His work is found in museums in Germany, Sierra Leone, and throughout the United States.

Echoes of a Legacy: About Painter Jonathan Green

Jonathan Green is one of the most influential contemporary artists of the Southern experience. His works can be found in museum collections around the world including Germany; The United States, American Embassy, Sierra Leone, Mexico, Argentina, Canada, the Caribbean, Australia, among many others. Art enthusiasts on every continent collect his work. Scholars, curators and historians have all placed Green’s work in a special category for its universal appeal, narrative message, and cultural importance.

At first glance, it is easy to see why Green has become so highly regarded. His work draws upon his personal heritage, rooted in the unique Gullah Geechee culture of South Carolina’s Low Country. His paintings can be viewed almost as historical and cultural documents of important spiritual and emotional moments in the daily life of Gullah Geechee people (Green, 1996). The romance of this disappearing rural culture is appealing to historians and art collectors alike. But Green’s work is more than simply an historic record of a culture. His work also reflects his academic and aesthetic heritage, refined at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and deeply influenced by artists, collectors, gallery owners, curators and museum officials who educated and befriended him during his years living and studying in Chicago.

In many ways, the art of Jonathan Green represents a continuum of African American culture and heritage that is extremely important to the understanding of American art and culture. His work is at once very personal and relevant on an historic scale. Green’s paintings represent the rural memories of his childhood depicted with the observations and sophisticated techniques of an urban artist. The work has, on the surface, a deceptively simple subject matter enhanced and made more complex by Green’s ability to internalize, synthesize and distill certain elements that tie his work culturally, stylistically and thematically to the larger history of African American art and Southern culture. (Green, 1996)

Raised by his mother, grandmother, and nurtured by the elders of his community when he was young, Green maintains a particularly strong tie to his Gullah Geechee cultural heritage. Along with this personal history, Green brings together the fabric of American and African American art in a unique blending of styles, techniques and images that are both narrative and expressionistic; combining elements of positive messages of social realism – the dignity of work – along with such unlikely counterparts as Fauvism and cubism in his exploration of the power of the image of the African American in art.

William Parker Hathcock, III

    Naples, Florida

 

 

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