Jonathan Green | Embracing Gullah Spirit

October 13 – December 31, 2022 | opening reception: Thursday, October 13, 5:3- – 7:30 pm (FREE/members; $20/non-members)

Regarded as one of the most important painters of the American South – in particular that of the South Carolina Gullah community – Charleston-based painter Jonathan Green (b. 1955, Gardens Corner, SC) is recognized as an iconic proponent of the arts, especially along our stretch of coast. Green’s sweeping, dreamy Lowcountry vistas filled with bright and boldly patterned dressed figures in striking color combinations that hearken back to their West African roots have become immediately recognizable as painted by the artist’s hand. A forty-year career has yielded an abundance of these highly sought after paintings that fill two volumes of art books, serve as theater backdrops and inspire costumes for ballets and musicals and illustrate children’s books. The Art Museum is proud to boast that it houses 22 of Green’s works in its permanent collection, affording it the second largest museum collection of his work in the world – the Morris Museum in Augusta, GA, being the largest. Jonathan Green | Embracing Gullah Spirit features paintings by Green from our collection, in addition to that of the Morris Museum and the McKissick Museum in Columbia, SC, as well as from a passionate private collector. Prepare to be dazzled and delighted by this exciting exhibition celebrating not only the Gullah spirit of the Lowcountry but also our Museum community’s beloved artist, patron and friend, Jonathan Green.

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Myrtle Beach’s Franklin G. Burroughs-Simeon B. Chapin Art Museum strives to be one of the finest visual arts museums in the Carolinas. With 11 galleries that change throughout the year, Myrtle Beach’s only art museum offers exhibitions featuring paintings, textiles, sculpture, photography, video, ceramics, assemblage, collage and more. A visit to the Art Museum’s exhibitions can be enhanced by its lively programming, including artist receptions, tours, lectures, workshops and classes for both adults and children.