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Jonathan Green


Jonathan Green - 1955 - Noted art critics and reviewers consider Jonathan Green one of the most important painters of the southern experience. His work, which has been exhibited in major venues nationally and internationally, reflects an intrinsic sense of history and place.

Jonathan Green is an internationally acclaimed and awarded professional artist who graduated from The School of the Art Institute of Chicago in 1982.   His forty-year track record of creating art and extensive inclusions in museum collections and exhibitions throughout many countries has led to his being considered by numerous art critics and reviewers as one of our nation’s outstanding American artists and highly recognized visual master for capturing the positive aspects of American and African American Southern cultures, history, and traditions.

His high level of social interest and cultural commitments, and exhibitions have brought him international recognition through his travels and collections throughout North America, Europe, Central and South America, Caribbean, Africa, and Japan. It is Green's mastery of color and skillful use of the human figure in rural and urban environments, which allows him to preserve and share with the viewer a deep sense of community, and how the life challenges of work, love, and belonging are met.

Since 1982 Jonathan Green has received four honorary doctoral degrees from prestigious universities and numerous awards for his art, social, civic, academic, and cultural contributions.  In 2017 he was appointed by Mayor John Tecklenburg with the title of Ambassador for the Arts for the City of Charleston, South Carolina.

Mr. Green’s art and talents have been incorporated into productions of ballet, modern dance, music, opera, theatre, literature, film, fashion clothing and video documentaries throughout the United States. Currently Jonathan Green resides and paints in his studio located in downtown Charleston, South Carolina.


February 16, 2012

Preserving a Culture – Fine Art Prints of Prints of Jonathan Green

December 9, 2011 - January 14, 2012

Preservation of a Heritage

November 2011

Archival Charity Posters by Jonathan Green – Art of the Gullah Artist

October 2 - November 2, 2011

The Fine Art Prints of Jonathan Green

December 10, 2010 - January 22, 2011

Lowcountry Gems: The Art of Jonathan Green

October 18 - November 20, 2011.

Figurative Landscapes of Jonathan Green

September 21 - November 20, 2010.

Gullah Memories

April - June 2010

Green – Exhibition of 18 original fine art prints by Jonathan Green

February 3 - March 3, 2010

Returning Home: Fine art Prints of Jonathan Green

September 5, 2009 - January 3, 2010

25 Years of Jonathan Green

December 12 - February 10, 2009

Jonathan Green Homecoming

December 8 - 31, 2009

Jonathan Green Composition Sketches

March 28, 2009


June 5, 2008 - October 19, 2008

Jonathan Green

April 19, 2008 - August 31, 2008

Highlights: African American Art from the Norton Collection

April 19, 2008 - July 20, 2008

In the Hands of African American Collectors

May 9, 2008 - July 11, 2008

The Story

July 13, 2007 - March 2, 2008

In the Hands of African American Collectors

November 30, 2007 - December 30, 2007

Lowcountry Art of South Carolina


2010 - The Elizabeth O'Neill Verner Award for Life Time Achievement in the Arts

Presented by the South Carolina Arts Foundation - May 6, 2010, Columbia, South Carolina

2009 Honoary Doctor of Fine Arts Degree

Coastal Carolina University, Conway, South Carolina - December 6, 2009

2009 - "Key of Life Award"

NAACT at the 40th NAACP Image Awards - Los Angeles, California - February 12, 2009

2008 - "Sprit of the Center Award"

African American Cultural Center, Charlotte, North Carolina - December 2, 2008

2007 Alummi Hall of Fame

Beaufort High School - Beaufort, South Carolina

2007 Artist of the Year

Penn Center, Inc. - 25th Heritage Days Celebration - Saint Helena Island, South Carolina - November 10, 2007

2006 Annual National Arts Programs Award

presented by the Links Inc., PA

2005 The Eagle Award

from the South Carolina Association of Community Development Corporations

2005 Named honorary International Ambassador of the Arts

for the State of Florida by Florida First Lady, Columba Bush

2005 Man of the Year

from Gulfshore Life Magazine

2004 Honorary Chair

United Arts Council of Collier County Celebrate the Arts Gala

2004 Designated Community Gem and Lifetime Member

The Gem Society of Naples, FL

2004 Honorary Chair, Bare Walls Event

The School of the Art Institute, Chicago, IL

2004 Recognized for Outstanding Artistic Talent and Commitment to Expanding the Arts Community

The MOJA Arts Festival, Charleston, SC

2003 "Century of Achievement in Art Award"

Museum of the Americas - Arlington, Virginia - awarded in a ceremony in Charleston, South Carolina

2003 "Honorary Chair"

The School of the Art Institute of Chicago Bare Walls, 2003 - Chicago, Illinois

2003 Man of Distinction Award he Education

Foundation of Collier County – Naples, FL: April 25

2002 "King Tisdell Foundation Award"

Savannah, Georgia for cultural achievements

2002 "History Makers Award in the Fine Arts"

Chicago, Illinois

2002 "Key to the City"

Columbia, South Carolina for the advancement of culture and the arts

2002 "Order of the Palmetto"

Columbia, South Carolina

1998 "Certificate of Honor"

Portland, Oregon for expressing the imagery, values, traditions and way of life of the Gullah culture.

1997 "Clemente C. Pickney Award"

South Carolina House of Representatives - Columbia, South Carolina for outstanding contributions to the arts

1996 "Honorary Doctorate Degree in Fine Arts"

University of South Carolina - Columbia, South Carolina

1996 "Alberta G. Peacock Award"

Naples, Florida for contributions to the arts

1993 Humanitarian Award"

Beaufort, South Carolina

1992 "Penn Center Heritage Resolution"

Saint Helena Island, South Carolina for artistic rendition of Gullah life styles and artistic contriutions

1988 "Chatham County Medallion"

Savannah, Georgia for artistic and cultural contributions

1985 Savannah, Georgia

for the visual recording of southern culture


Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, New York, New York

The Marco Island Historical Museum - Marcho Island, Forida

The von Liebig Art Center - Naples, Florida

The Afro-American Cultural Center - Charlotte, NC

Museum Würth, Kuenzelsau, Germany

The Afro-American Museum of Philadelphia

The American Embassy, Sierra Leone

The Beach Institute Museum - Savannah, Georgia

The Education Foundation of Collier County, Naples, FL

The Gibbes Museum of Art - Charleston, SC

The Greenville Museum of Art - Greenville, SC

The H. Lawrence McCrory Gallery, University of Vermont, Burlington, Vermont

The IFCC Cultural Center, Portland , OR

The McKissick Museum - Columbia, South Carolina

The Morris Museum - Augusta, Georgia

The Norton Museum of Art, West Palm Beach, FL

The Naples Museum of Art, Naples, FL

The Segram's Collection, New York


Gullah Images - The Art of Jonathan Green

University of South Carolina Press, Columbia, SC 1996 Forward by Pat Conroy 214 pages 180 color illustrations

Amadeus, the Leghorn Rooster

by Delores B. Nevils, Jonathan Green (Illustrator), Sandlapper Publishing Company, Inc.

Father and Son

By Denize Lauture, Illustrated by Jonathan Green - Philomel Books, 1992


By Patricia Lee Gauch, Illustrated by Jonathan Green, Philomel Books


By Dennis Haseley, Illustrated by Jonathan Green, Harcourt Brace & Company

Human Variation # 2

Oil on Canvas, 48" x 36", 1986

(c) Jonathan Green - Log # 551115


Porgy and Bess Costume Study 25, 2016

Acrylic on Archival Matt Board, 2016

10 3/8" x 7 6/8"

(c) Jonathan Green - Log # 567929


The Prophet 1983

Oil on Canvas, 1983 28" x 22"

(c) Jonathan Green


The River, 1998

The River, 1998

Oil on Masonite, 24" x 36"

(c) Jonathan Green


Farm Woman, 2009

Original limited edition lithograph - Rives BFK 280gsm. paper

Edition Size 100

Paper Size 28" x 35" - Image Size 22.25" x 30"

(c) Jonathan Green


The Blues Singer, 1990

Oil on Canvas
72in. x 55in.

(c) Jonathan Green


Fire Grass, 2001

Oil on Canvas
60in. x 72in.

(c) Jonathan Green


Geech, 2009

Original Lithograph - Paper - Vives BFK 280gsm.

Edition Size 100

Paper Size 28" x 35"

Image Size 22.25" x 30"

(c) Jonathan Green


Dance Hall Romance, 2005

Original Fine Art Print - Edition Size 75

Paper Size 37" x 30" - Image Size 32" x 26"

(c) Jonathan Green


Casting for Bait, 2005

Original Sil Screen Fine Art Print - Edition Size 75

Paper size 37" x 30" - Image Size 32" x 26"

(c) Jonathan Green


Torch Song, 2005

Original Silk Screen Print - Edition Size 75

Paper Size 37" x 30" - Image Size 32" x 26"

(c) Jonathan Green


Saint John 1986

Watercolor on Paper 18.5" x 25.5"

(c) Jonathan Green


Human Variation #8, 1986

Oil on Canvas 48" x 36"

(c) Jonathan Green


Human Variation #12, 1986

Oil on Canvas 48" x 36"

(c) Jonathan Green


The Oracle, 1984

Oil on Masonite 40" x 38"

(c) Jonathan Green


My Name is Anna, 1987

Charcoal on Craft Paper

18" x 14.5"

(c) Jonathan Green


We are Sisters, 1987

Charcoal on Craft Paper

18" x 14.25"

(c) Jonathan Green


Osceola Costume #18, 2019

Acrylic on Mat Board

14" x 10.25"

(c) Jonathan Green


Osceola Costume #17, 2019

Acrylic on Mat Board

14" x 10.25"

(c) Jonathan Green