Jonathan Green (b. 1955) The Silver Slipper Club, 1990. Oil on canvas. 100 x 65½ inches. Collection of Morris Museum of Art.
Organized by the Morris Museum of Art, Augusta, Georgia
Born August 9, 1955 in Gardens Corner, a rural area along South Carolina's southern coast, Jonathan Green has spent his life's work illustrating the Gullah community's way of life.
With a renewed appreciation for his heritage after time away, Green chose to create an art that honored the culture in which he was raised. He celebrates the everyday life of African-Americans in the South Carolina low country through energetic compositions, bold color combinations, and large patterned fabrics. His love of the human figure and the community is shown through graceful imagery of figures' shared characteristics, emphasizing the harmonious, collective nature of the people in a thoroughly modernist aesthetic.