"A 55 Year Retrospective"


YNEZ JOHNSTON: A 55 Year Retrospective
September 18th - November 15th, 2003
Reception for the Artist: September 18, 2003 6 to 8 pm

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Over the past fifty five years, YNEZ JOHNSTON has been traveling to ancient sites throughout the world, sharing these voyages through her art. Through her personal and highly individual imagery, she reveals the exotic influences of these journeys.

Born in Berkeley, California in 1920, Johnston’s love of art was evident at an early age. She found enchantment in the romantic landscape of San Francisco, its Chinatown and in the Asian and Persian art she saw in the Golden Gate Park museums. After completing her studies in art at UC Berkeley, her many trips to Europe, Mexico, India, Southeast Asia and Japan further broadened her artistic vocabulary. Even today, Johnston melds these aesthetic languages into her unique visual narratives. In glowing colors as well as stark black and white imagery, she transports her viewers to mystical sites.

Ynez Johnston has great powers in all media: painting on silk, canvas or board, drawing and printmaking. She experiments with materials like sand, modeling paste and dry pigment to create wonderfully textured and luminous paintings, as seen in Time and Tide, 1997. She has used plumbers’ plastic steel to create relief prints (see Small Continent of 1962), paintings and sculptural forms. Her miniature and monumental sculptures in wood, bronze and ceramic have been conceived by her and created in collaboration with her husband, John Berry, or with Stan Edmondson, her friend and son of Leonard Edmondson. Examples on view include bronze Sea Arch, 1989, wood The Horse’s Domain, 1990 and glazed ceramic Ship’s Watch, 2002.

Using any technique, Ynez Johnston’s art is fascinating and mesmerizing. Our exhibit presents early 1940s fine line etchings and lithographs of teeming foreign cities (as in Guardians of the Temple, 1949), magical watercolors and woodcuts of the ‘50s and ‘60s and recent vibrant paintings, whimsical sculptures and jewel-like ceramics that illuminate the environment.

Slides and digital images available upon request.

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