New Art Exhibit: M. Jane Johnson
We have a new art exhibit up on the walls of the Vastu showroom. This collection of abstract paintings comes from local Virginia artist, M. Jane Johnson.
Her bold, high-energy paintings are very representational of her physical painting style. Poured paint, thrown paint, loose juicy drips, and bold scribble line work are all elements you’ll find in her work alongside collage and multiple mediums including oil sticks, charcoal, acrylic, and oil.
- We Are Only Flesh and Bone
- Shenandoah Valley
- Vintage Vines
- City Hussle
“When working on a piece, I am drawn to developing the canvas to find a story within the canvas and to build the surface. I want the viewer to stand back and take in the whole image as well as on a more intimate level where the surface reveals hidden treasures of texture and layering. There are many layers in each piece from acrylic, collage, oil, and various drawing implements. The image is developed with a play of the build-up of transparent and opaque to give it a surface tension that pulls the viewer in and out of the picture. Drips glazed over, palette knives of paint, artful papers, all make my work have its own unique surface. The work and process is similar to what Renoir’s son once said about his father’s 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.’”
1829 14th St NW
Washington, DC 20009
September 24th, 2012 – November 18th, 2012