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Artist Statement

Freedom is the ability to move. Without movement there is no Life just stagnation that leads eventually to death. The ability to move the body, the mind (freedom of thought) and the heart are the key ingredients of what it means to be free to me. Painting is my way to make sense of the world. I use the act of painting (creating an image) to work through what I am seeing in my world. The painted image gives me the ability to look at the harsh realities of life but at the same time my imagination gives me freedom and escape. I invite the viewer to work through these horrific times with me. Hopefully we both will find freedom and peace.

Artist Bio

Andrae Green is a painter whose work explores the nuances of the post-colonial and postmodern consciousness. Born in Kingston, Jamaica Green attended the Edna Manley College of Art. In 2006, Green was awarded a full scholarship by the Jamaican government and the Chase Fund to pursue an MFA in Painting at the New York Academy of Art (2008). His paintings have been shown internationally in the US, Jamaica, Canada, China, and France. In 2012, he was one of two artists chosen to represent Jamaica in the Beijing Biennale. In 2013, Green was selected as a part of the American delegation that represented the US at the Salon de Société Nationale des Beaux-Arts, at the Carrousel du Louvre in Paris, France. In 2019, he was an artist-in-residence in Geneva, Switzerland. In 2017, his piece “Acquiescence I” was acquired by the National Museum of China. He currently lives and works in Western Massachusetts.


Study for Stoning Whales 2 (Estudio para lapidar ballenas 2); óleo y acrílico sobre lienzo; 2020.
La libertad es la capacidad de moverse. Sin movimiento no hay vida, solo estancamiento que lleva a la muerte. La capacidad de mover el cuerpo, la mente (la libertad del pensamiento) y el corazón es el elemento esencial de lo que para mí significa ser libre. La pintura es mi manera de darle sentido al mundo. Pinto, creo una imagen, para procesar lo que veo a mi alrededor. La imagen me otorga la capacidad de afrontar las crueles realidades de la vida, pero, al mismo tiempo, mi imaginación artística me permite escapar y ser libre. Invito a la audiencia a acompañarme a lidiar y hacer las paces con estos tiempos horribles. Espero que encontremos libertad y tranquilidad.

Andrae Green's, "Study for Stoning Whales II". Three figures are in various poses of action. One on the left is holding a long red rope with a projectile at the end, and is getting ready to throw it. The other two figures look like they are struggling. Something purple is covering their torsos and stretching into the upper right of the painting. Purple whales are swimming at the top of the painting, and in the center is a window-like image of an open water feature, with a white columned structure behind it.

Study for Stoning Whales II, 2020
Oil on canvas

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