Artist Study – Jonathan Green

My Sketching Every Day group’s artist study was Jonathan Green, an African America artist He is known as a contributing artist who settled in Florida and North Carolina.  He was born on August 9, 1955 in Gardens Corner, SC, Green served in the U.S. Air Force before receiving his BFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago in 1982, making him the first known artist of Gullah heritage to receive formal artistic training at a professional art school.

His artwork is influenced by his Gullah heritage and autobiographical themes from his culture and life. His works are 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. Green lives and works in Naples, FL. (Information from Art.net).

Below is an artist study of his work “Bessie Mae” I chose this particular piece since I only had an hour to complete the piece and with oil pastels, this piece can easily be blended without adding too much detail. I love all the art pieces of Jonathan Green, and his emphasis on social and cultural life of the African American. My hopes is to see his gallery when I do a trip to Florida.

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