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Kenneth Johnson

  • 20101120064730-penumbra
  • Everwall
  • Gradiantwall
  • Infinitywall
  • Livingwall
  • Sinderwall
  • Spirit-wall
  • Insofar
  • Portal-mayor
  • Where-to-now
  • Doors
  • Divisionwall
  • Untitled
  • Wishingwall
  • Wallpeace
  • Tv01
  • Nature_27s-way
  • Synapse
  • Cupreus
  • Indicium
  • Glacialis
  • Designo
  • Ortus
  • Memor
  • Nexus
  • Wayhome
  • Diptych
  • Window
  • Untitled

New Orleans

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Representing galleries
Claremont Forum Gallery

painterly, mixed-media, abstract, conceptual


I revel in applying paint to a surface to explore how various pigments react and interact with one another.  I'll use anything to apply paint to achieve the desired result--this includes various brushes, knives, cardboard, garden tools, kitchen utensils, and so on. I like the process of creating various effects and want the process to be evident in the final product.  I am fascinated by the timeless quality of old stone and metal walls and the myriad signatures of time left on these surfaces.  Nature's process is always evident in her products.  I find that oil paint is the best medium to enable me to create or recreate nature's effects.  To accomplish this, I apply paint in several layers.  It is a time consuming process that involves the scrubbing out of some areas and the building up of others.  It is a process that celebrates the journey as much as the final product. 

Art critic and art history professor Anne M. Wagner, in a review of paintings by Mary Heilman, asked the question "What world can a painting summon?"  It is my intention that my work compels the viewer to ask questions such as this with the added realization that the responses will differ depending on the viewer's state of mind.   I attempt to create work that enables a viewer to reflect and enter into a space that can be both temporal and ephemeral.  That is, works that have a timeless quality while being relevant to a viewer's state of mind at a particular time.  I like to work in a series to explore to the fullest extent where a particular theme will take me.  My latest series of paintings, which I refer to as the architecture of painting, is part of a project I will call Past, Present, and Future Tense.  It is my aim, that any one of these temporal realities can be invoked by a viewer depending on the viewer's mood and frame of reference.

Recent Exhibits

Kenneth Johnson participated in these exhibits:

May, 2011 Blood of the Sun: Artists Respond to the Poetry of Suzan Shown Harjo
Ahalenia Studios
Feb, 2011 Infini Couleur Group Exhibition
Dec, 2010 Eight Paintings
Salon Eleven
Nov, 2010 8 Paintings
Salon Eleven
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