Amherst Artist To Exhibit Work At Louvre In Paris

August 18, 2013 2:23 PM
Amherst Artist To Exhibit Work At Louvre In Paris
" AMHERST, Mass. (AP) — Artist Andrae Green, of Amherst, is a paradox — a man whose native country, Jamaica, was seared by colonial oppression, but also an artist who has been trained in classical European techniques and who names the 16th-century Italian Caravaggio as his favorite painter.

Far from inhibiting Green, those contradictions have resulted in powerful paintings and increasing attention. One of his works was recently accepted by the Louvre Museum in Paris for the 152nd international three-day “salon” of the Societe Nationale des Beaux Arts in December.

Green likes to paint human figures on a huge scale. “Anything over your body size is almost as if you have willed something to life,” he said with his radiant smile. “It’s an incredible feeling. In my spirit I’m 35 feet tall.”

Born in Kingston, Jamaica, Green began drawing at an early age, inspired by comic book heroes. “When my dad saw me drawing,” said Green, “he usually would take away my sketchpad and say, ‘Read a book!’” (His mom would give it back.)

As members of the “working poor,” his parents worked hard to send Andrae to a private school called St. Cecilia’s "

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