This luminous print by prominent artist Jonathan Green is titled Spring Temple Toy. As a series of four silhouettes, it beautifully illustrates why Green is widely known for his bold use of color, his explorations of Gullah culture and his portrayal of scenes from everyday life in his art.
Each figure has a different orientation - front, back, left side and right side. Two are wearing orange hats with wide brims, one is wearing an orange cap, and the fourth is wearing an orange headscarf. Their skin tones are a beautiful coffee brown, highlighted against their white collars. Each is framed by brightly colored green leaves below and a light blue sky with white clouds above, with the blues and greens providing a striking contrast to the bold oranges. These are portraits of ordinary people from everyday life, emphasized by the fact that their silhouettes have no discernible facial features.
The overall effect of these juxtaposed portraits is magical.
Born in 1955 and raised in Gardens Corner, South Carolina near Beaufort, Jonathan Green attended the School of the Art Institute of Chicago where he earned a BFA.
This print is signed and dated (2000) in black by Jonathan Green in the lower left corner, below the quadrants. His signature also appears in the plate on the bottom of the lower right quadrant. It is noted at the bottom of the poster that the photography is courtesy of Dressler Photography, Inc. and the printing is courtesy of the R.L. Bryan Company.
This unique, absolutely gorgeous poster, which has been personally signed by the artist, belongs in every collection.