Who: Jane Johnson
Where: Her current show is featured at Vastu (1829 14th Street NW)
When: Now through November 11
Why: Jane Johnson tells stories with her work. These stories, although not obvious, can capture viewers to take them each to a different place. They are the perfect addition to a contemporary art collection.
Jane Johnson has committed herself to her artwork from the young age of seven and continued on through her BFA to produce meaningful, abstract works. Most recently in her career, Johnson has been working in mixed media paintings that combine materials, paints, colors and stories. Johnson says she “loves to incorporate her life long love of drawing and oil painting with collage and acrylics as well as other mediums.”
In her collection shown at Vastu, Johnson will bring the viewer into the canvas with each work to find the story within. Each piece has multiple layers of acrylic, collage, oil and various drawing techniques. Johnson develops the canvas through the buildup of materials and allows the drips of paint, and paper to shape the surface and create a unique experience. She uses a quote from Renoir’s son about his father to describe her work “he was very careful to keep an impression of transparency in his picture throughout the different phases of the work … he worked on the whole surface of his canvas [and] the motif gradually emerged from the seeming confusion, with each brushstroke.”
Johnson’s work in this solo show will certainly show the stories of each canvas and the different phases of how she transformers them in to art. She is constantly attempting to show the narrative that the different materials can create on her canvas and hopes to share them with the visitors of Vastu.
For more information on Jane Johnson and her current exhibition:
Jane Johnson’s work will be available for viewing at Vastu from September 23 – November 11, Monday-Saturday 11 am to 7 pm and Sundays from noon to 5 pm. For more information please visit her website.