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Kenneth Johnson

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20101120064730-penumbra
Penumbra, 2010 O/c 48"x36"
Everwall
EverWall, 2009 Oil on Canvas 48"x36" © 2009
Gradiantwall
GradientWall, 2009 Oil on Canvas 24x18" © 2009
Infinitywall
InfinityWall, 2009 Oil on Canvas 40x30" © 2009
Livingwall
LIvingWall, 2009 Oil on Canvas 40x30" © 2009
Sinderwall
SinderWall, 2009 Oil on Canvas 16x20" © 2009
Spirit-wall
Spirit Wall, 2008 Oil on Canvas 30x40" © 2008
Insofar
InSoFar, 2008 Oil on Canvas 30x30"
Portal-mayor
Portal Mayor, 2009 Oil on Canvas 48x36" © 2009
Where-to-now
Where To Now, 2009 Oil on Canvas 36x48" © 2009
Doors
Doors Of Deception, 2009 Mixed Media 30x40" © 2009
Divisionwall
DivisionWall, 2009 Oil on Canvas 24x18" © 2009
Untitled
Untitled, 2009 Oil on Canvas 36x36"
Wishingwall
WishingWall, 2009 Oil on Canvas 24x18" © 2009
Wallpeace
WallPeace, 2009 Oil on Canvas 30x19.75" © 2009
Tv01
TV01, 2008 Oil on Canvas 16x20" © 2008
Nature_27s-way
Nature's Way, 2009 Oil on Canvas 20x20" © 2009
Synapse
Synapse, 2007 Oil on Canvas 40x30" © 2007
Cupreus
Cupreus, 2007 Acrylic on Paper 14"x11"
Indicium
Indicium, 2007 Acrylic on Paper 11"x14"
Glacialis
Glacialis, 2007 Acrylic on Paper 14"x11"
Designo
Designo, 2007 Acrylic on Paper 11"x14"
Ortus
Ortus, 2007 Acrylic on Paper 14"x11"
Memor
Memor, 2007 Acrylic on Paper 14"x11"
Nexus
Nexus, 2007 Acrylic on Paper 14""x11"
Wayhome
The Road Home, 2009 Oil, Wax on Canvas 20"x30" © 2009
Diptych
Untitled Diptych, 2009 Oil on Canvas 24"x36" © 2009
Window
Through My Window, 2009 Oil on Canvas 36"x36" © 2009
Untitled
Untitled, 2009 Oil on Canvas 36"x48" © 2009
Quick Facts
Birthplace
New Orleans
Birth year
1952
Lives in
Claremont
Works in
Claremont
Representing galleries
Claremont Forum Gallery
Tags
painterly, mixed-media, abstract, conceptual
Statement

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.