The Grand Galleries
February and March
Exhibit Title: Counter Balance - Organic vs. Geometric
M. Jane Johnson, a Virginia based painter who has spent her life dedicated to painting and drawing. She started painting when she was a very small child in Jacksonville, Florida. Her first art lessons were private instructions with a lovely British lady, Mrs. Edwards at the tender age of seven. Mrs. Edwards had the patience of a saint and managed to get Jane to paint still life pieces and learn how to look at things in an artistic way.
Jane went on to receive a BFA from Stratford College, Danville, Virginia where she continued to work on her painting, drawing and printmaking skills. While at Stratford she was fortunate to have participated in two different school trips to Florence, Italy where she spent many long, lovely hours sitting and drawing the scenes around her.
While Jane spent much of her life working in oils and she decided to explore abstract art about 2003 and started working with acrylics as well as oil. Combining her artistic experiences of working with oil, acrylic, collage and drawing over the years gave Jane the impetus to find a true artistic home working primarily in mixed media. Jane is a very physical painter really working the canvas with poured paint, throwing paint, loose juicy drips, and bold scribble line work. She loves rich layers and feels that the use of layering develops a rich story under each piece. She wants her viewers to be pulled into the painting to find the energy and interesting depths that are part of each piece.
Jane’s work has appeared in shows across the Mid-Atlantic area in solo and group shows as well as art fairs. She walks a path between representational and abstract, moving back and forth depending on the way the painting develops. She has been commissioned for twelve paintings at the Children’s National Medical Center, Washington, DC and has received recognition in the Washington Post. Jane was also featured in an article written in the September 2013 edition of Elan Magazine.
Enjoy a small sampling of her art in the slide show below. More of her art can be seen on her website at www.mj2art.com. To purchase her art or to commission a one-of-a-kind piece of art, M. Jane Johnson can be contacted directly by clicking on the link provided.
The material for "the Olive Grove" was collected on an artist residency in Puglia Italy (the heel on the Adriatic coast) in the Spring of 2012. We were bussed to an olive grove famous for its Neolithic rock formations. The most interesting photos were taken out the window of the bus as we approached our destination. The serendipitous aspect of areas in and out of focus, and the blur caused by the moving bus is my real interest. The balance of intuition and chance or control and accident is fundamental to my philosophy as an artist.
My formal education includes undergraduate work at Pennsylvania State University and graduate work in Architecture at University of California, Los Angeles and Graduate Sculpture at Tyler School of Art, Temple University, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
I was an original member of the cooperative Nexus Gallery, Philadelphia, PA. Through the years, I have exhibited my work in private galleries, public institutions, group shows and one person shows. I also have experience in the field of design: my contemporary furniture designs were licensed to EuroPine, Ltd., NJ and Roche Bobois, Philadelphia. I was also a member of the art/industry gallery, Furniture of the 20th C. in NYC in the early '90's.
I have participated in several residencies: Vermont Studio Center, Spring 2013 and Bau Institute, Otranto, Italy 2012.
I am currently living and working in Philadelphia, PA. My recent work from late 2012 through 2013 extends my use of paper and paint made from analine dye, natural stains, graphite, chalk and earth. The work shown at the Grand is both reality based and conceptual.
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