Green, Jonathan | South Carolina Public Radio


“G” is for Jonathan Green [b. 1955]. Painter, print maker. Born in Gardens Corner in Beaufort County, Green served in the Air Force before enrolling as a textile design student at the East Grand Forks Technical School in Minnesota. In 1976 he began studying drawing and painting at the Art Institute of Chicago. Best known for depicting the people and landscape of the lowcountry, he refers to memories of local African American traditions, as well as tales and stories told by members of his extended family and friends. His paintings reflect an authentic historical understanding of lowcountry culture and communicate a strong sense of conceptual accuracy. Jonathan Green’s mature style conveys a narrative historicity, simplicity of form, and passionate energy that has been favorably compared with classically modern European artists such as Gauguin and Matisse