“Andrae Green, a Jamaican artist residing in the United States, explores complex themes such as hybrid-identity, memory, fantasy, hope, and family in his works, which reflect the fluidity and fragmentation of contemporary life. Drawing on his mixed European and West African heritage, as well as the diverse influences of the New World, Green creates art that speaks to universal experiences.
In his current series, "Divers," Green engages in a profound dialogue between his deceased father and his young son, using his paintings as a means to leave notes for life lessons that will guide and inspire his son in the future. Set against the reimagined seascapes of Jamaica's Kingston harbor, the series evokes nostalgia and emphasizes the importance of passing down knowledge and experience from one generation to the next.
Green aims to instill a sense of hope and optimism in his son and viewers alike. His art encourages viewers to embrace their identities, take risks, and never lose hope, even in the face of adversity. In the "Divers" series, he captures the spirit of childhood memories of boys jumping into Kingston Harbor as a metaphor for overcoming fear and taking risks.
Using mixed media and collage techniques, Green creates dynamic compositions that evoke the nonlinear and unpredictable nature of Caribbean male identity and experience. Synthetic colors play a key role in his work, creating a sense of hyperreality and instability that reflects the beauty and vibrancy of the Caribbean landscape and contemporary life. He draws inspiration from artists such as Robert Rauschenberg, de Kooning, Cezanne, and Barrington Watson, as well as literary figures like Derek Walcott and Ralph Ellison.
Ultimately, Green's works serve as a testament to his personal journey of overcoming and evolving, and the inspiration and support he draws from family, friends, fellow artists, mentors, and spirituality. His art challenges viewers to address issues affecting their communities, celebrate the strength and creativity of hybrid and Caribbean identities, and reminds us that personal growth and development enrich the world around us.”