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Cheryl Johnson
Cheryl Johnson
Geographic location Professional painter, Charlotte, United-States
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Cheryl Johnson, Charlotte, United-States71 years oldCheryl Johnson has continuously explored the complex range of human emotions. Creating subtly evocative paintings and works on canvas or paper which appear at once straightforward and cryptic, abstract and figurative. Composed of basic but indefinable shapes and marks, her works often invoke spatial and figural illusions, though they remain elusive of any descriptive narrative. She makes multifarious paintings drenched in color and brimming with movement and emotion whose subject is a blending of faces, figures and environments often obscured to implied void spaces created by numerous layers. The paintings' evolution is evidenced by subtle, interacting arrangements of color, which the artist applies with meticulous attention to the contrasting and physical qualities of her medium, they appear to blur the distinction between matter and transcendence—the result of methodical overpainting and reworking of the image. While abstract, the works are still illusionistic, rendered with sharp attention to shadows, three-dimensional effects, and highlights that defy any single, realistic light source. The resulting canvases convey balance and movement while maintaining a sense of uncertainty, which seems akin to memory. A spiritual connection can be drawn between her paintings and the ambiance of the natural environment. Although she doesn't paint the literal landscape, her inspiration is charged by the idyllic setting of her time spent in both Kauai in her Garden Island studio where she watches the moving of mist across the valley or the ebb and flow of ocean tides complimented by her time exploring from her Charlotte, NC studio the diversity of the Piedmont Regions of North Carolina.
Born in Kellogg, Idaho in 1947. Cheryl is of Finnish and Scotch-Irish descent and in her early artistic career painted both under her familiar and family names: Cheri' and Cherah Boryl Jaurvaii. Cheryl Johnson completed her BA in 1969 at Oral Roberts University, Tulsa Oklahoma. She began her career in Broadcast Television but returned to complete her Masters in 1971 at Oklahoma State University, Stillwater Oklahoma. Her diverse career as a teacher and video producer consummated with an impressive role with IBM as the Talent Organization’s Website Manager, Sr. Instructional Designer and Certified Learning Specialist. Retiring in 2012 she moved to Kauai, Hawaii to focus on painting. She continues to live and work in both Charlotte, NC, and Kauai. Her work has been represented by Elder Gallery, in 2011, where she had her first gallery group exhibition, Against the Wall in Charlotte, NC. In 2014 she was in the Princeville Community Art Show in Hanalei, HI. She aggressively pursues an online presence with Saatchi, Zatista and Art Finder and has completed numerous commissioned works.
Influence Joan Mitchel, William de Kooning,
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