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Barbara Johnson

Barbara Johnson

Barbara Johnson

From the beginning Johnson leaned strongly toward abstraction. She developed a distinctive style evocative of aerial panoramas, in which geometric and curvilinear divisions both surround and enclose fields of lavish color, applied and blended on the canvas with a palette knife. She embraces strong and muted colors easily, creating dynamic visual harmonies with each. Johnson was also an enthusiastic and successful printmaker, specializing in monoprints. Essentially paintings on Plexiglas run through a press with paper, the prints maintain her recognizable aerial viewpoint. They also meld remnants of delicate Japanese paper and reclaimed portions of her own discarded prints, to engage more closely with pattern and texture. When she wants a break from the exacting processes of printmaking, her canvas and oils are always waiting. - Helaine Glick