Opening reception: October 15, 2015 from 6 – 9pm
Exhibition dates: Oct. 15-28, 2015
Lisa Johnson weaves geographic, corporeal, and abstract sensibilities through layers of atmospheric grounds and gestural mark-making.The exhibition ‘Mazinaw’ brings together a collection of works that draw inspiration from on-location studies in the ‘shield country’ of North-Eastern Ontario, specifically, landscapes surrounding the iconic Bon Echo Rock. Rising 100 metres from Mazinaw Lake, this dramatic pre-Cambrian cliff has for centuries inspired artists with its sublime power.
Speaking to the passage of time over an evolving landscape, Johnson creates theatrical worlds of wilderness landscape – dramas expressed with the visceral physicality of paint in a passionate, gestural dance. Delineating space with thick impasto marks juxtaposed against expansive skies, Johnson’s paintings suggest the forces of nature that we cannot see — the movement and ever-changing qualities of light and weather, wind and water. While each painting stands apart from the next, Johnson’s paintings share an emotional vitality that evokes a personal and direct experience of landscape.
Lisa Johnson’s work is a painterly response to nature — not “views” of landscape as object, but immersions into an experience of place — a landscape of the mind.
Mazinaw invites the public to experience Johnson’s painterly inquiry into the experience of landscape and the forces of nature. Project Gallery will host an opening reception for Mazinaw on October 15, 2015 from 6 – 9pm and the artist will be in attendance.
About Lisa Johnson
Johnson has been painting professionally for over 20 years and her influences include old and new masters, from de Kooning and Soutine to Tom Thomson and Susanna Heller. Her paintings enquire into space and movement within the context of landscape painting. Through her ethereal and sculpted pigment Johnson depicts vast landscapes where figures seem to poetically emerge.
Lisa Johnson graduated with Honours from the Ontario College of Art and Design, where she also won the prestigious Mrs. W.O. Forsythe Award for 4th year women painters in 1996. Johnson studied under sculptor Tom Dean and most recently with Harold Klunder. Lisa Johnson’s work has been shown in solo and group shows throughout Canada and can be found in numerous private and corporate collections in the Canada, U.S.A., and Europe.