Artist Conversation With Gullah Artist Jonathan Green

Credit: Jonathan Green

Credit: Jonathan Green

Lowcountry native and renowned Gullah artist, Jonathan Green, will take part in an Artist Conversation alongside Mary Whyte on Saturday, April 20 from 2 until 3:30 p.m. at The Bean Market (111 Henry St.) During this conversation, moderator and Gibbes Museum of Art Director Angela Mack will assist the audience with a Q&A, and will chat with the artists about their inspirations, techniques, influences and more.

Green is best known for his “narrative realism” style of painting, which tells the story of his Gullah heritage through bright colors. He has been painting the Lowcountry rice culture for 35 years, and was the subject of a 2008 documentary on African American art prior to emancipation.

Winner of the 2008 ETV Southern Lens Broadcast Award, Jonathan Green’s Seeking is a moving film by critically acclaimed filmmaker Charles Allan Smith. It documents artist Jonathan Green and celebrates his unique vision of the struggle of Africans in the colonial and antebellum South prior to emancipation. He brings to life on canvas the African American ritual of seeking, creating and adapting lyrical brush strokes to display the restless tension in each image. Pulling from his own memories as a young man, Green journeys back through his ancestry to paint and honors the African American slaves that lived, died, and were buried at Clermont Cemetery on the grounds of Mepkin Abbey in South Carolina.

Credit: Jonathan Green Nana, 2011

Credit: Jonathan Green
Nana, 2011