Sharing Chores by Jonathan Green

Sharing Chores by Jonathan Green
Lithograph 1996
27" x 33 1/8"

Jonathan Green is considered by many art critics and reviewers to be one of the most important painters of the Southern experience. Green's work, which has been exhibited at major national and international venues, reflects a deep sense of history and place. A mature artist in his forties, he has been noted in hundreds of art reviews and publications, perhaps the most noteworthy in Gullah Images: The Art of Jonathan Green, by the University of South Carolina Press. Like other master artists such as Edward Hopper, Elizabeth Catlett, Romare Bearden, and Jacob Lawrence, Jonathan Green captures and records an essential part of American culture. Born and raised in Gardens Corner, South Carolina, he attended Beaufort High School where he found support for his interest in the arts. In the early 1970s he studied at the School of the Art Institute in Chicago, earning a Bachelor of Fine Art degree. He was awarded an honorary doctoral degree in fine art from the University of South Carolina in 1996 for his extensive recording of southern culture and traditions.

Raised by elders in a cohesive Southern rural African American community, Green learned of his rich history from tales, stories, and rituals that had been passed down for generations through the oral tradition. Green's art captures the life of rural African American communities in South Carolina through paintings, prints, and constructions that chronicle the vibrant history and culture of people who lived in harmony with the landscape and each other.

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