Gullah Spirit: The Art of Jonathan Green (Hardcover)

Gullah Spirit: The Art of Jonathan Green By Jonathan Green, Angela D. Mack (Foreword by) Cover Image

Gullah Spirit: The Art of Jonathan Green (Hardcover)

By Jonathan Green, Angela D. Mack (Foreword by)


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A celebration of the life and culture of the Gullah people of the South Carolina Lowcountry in 179 new paintings

Jonathan Green is best known for his vibrant depictions of the Gullah life and culture established by descendants of enslaved Africans who settled between northern Florida and North Carolina during the nineteenth century. For decades, Green's vividly colored paintings and prints have captured and preserved the daily rituals and Gullah traditions of his childhood in the Lowcountry marshes of South Carolina.

While Green's art continues to express the same energy, color, and deep respect for his ancestors, his techniques have evolved to feature bolder brush strokes and a use of depth and texture, all guided by his maturing artistic vision that is now more often about experiencing freedom and contentment through his art. This vision is reflected in the 179 new paintings featured in Gullah Spirit. His open and inviting images beckon the world to not only see this vanishing culture but also to embrace its truth and enduring spirit.

Using both the aesthetics of his heritage and the abstraction of the human figure, Green creates an almost mythological narrative from his everyday observations of rural and urban environments. Expressed through his mastery of color, Green illuminates the challenges and beauty of work, love, belonging, and the richness of community.

Angela D. Mack, executive director of the Gibbes Museum of Art in Charleston, South Carolina, provides a foreword. The book also includes short essays by historian Walter B. Edgar, educator Kim Cliett Long, and curator Kevin Grogan.

Jonathan Green is an award-winning artist and among the most recognized in the American South. His work is in the collections of the Naples Museum of Art in Florida, the Afro-American Museum of Philadelphia, the Norton Museum of Art in West Palm Beach, and the Gibbes Museum of Art in Charleston, among others. A graduate of the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Green is the author of Gullah Images: The Art of Jonathan Green.
Product Details ISBN: 9781643362137
ISBN-10: 1643362135
Publisher: University of South Carolina Press
Publication Date: November 23rd, 2021
Pages: 208
Language: English