Leafy Subjects Exemplify the Social Life of Trees of Shyama Golden’s Verdant Portraits

On the banks of the Martha Brae River in Jamaica, artist Shyama Golden noticed greenery that appeared like lovers embracing. She “started to see these anthropomorphic vine-covered trees everywhere, taking on the forms of various archetypes.” The scenes inspired a series of paintings titled With or Without Us that merges facets of landscape and portrait painting into verdant works expressing nature as a social entity.
The Los Angeles-based artist’s practice is influenced by myriad sources, especially literature and everyday experiences. More
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