KELLEY JOHNSON (Bruno David Projects)

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Bruno David Gallery is pleased to present an exhibition by Kelley Johnson. The exhibition "Recent Paintings" includes paintings of complex abstract landscapes. A fully illustrated color catalogue with writings by James Yood and Vara Lyons accompany the exhibition.

A native of St. Louis originally trained in the figurative tradition; Johnson's recent paintings move beyond the classical skills he obtained as an art student in Paris. Completely removed from an earthly environment, the artist's works present vibrantly, at times disturbingly, chaotic other worlds of raw energy and emotion. Yet underneath the jarring tones and clashing lines, his works retain a discipline, depth and meticulously impromptu nature characteristic of figurative conventions. Inspired by the manipulation of space and emotions, Johnson's canvases present an overall effect of disorder so effectively controlled and manipulated that its thoughtful planning becomes invisible in the process.

At their core, Johnson's current paintings stem from recent personal struggles and inner conflicts. Physically intimidating and engulfing due to their sheer size, this particular set of canvases creates a conflict in its viewers as they observe their own discomfort with the uncertainty of ambiguous spaces and planes that continuously subvert and interrupt created volumes. Indeed, we are left with the sense that we have been transported into Johnson's inner psyche and unsure of how to resolve the struggle which, of course, is precisely what the artist intended.

Johnson received his B.F.A. from Parsons School of Design, New York and his M.F.A. from the Henry Radford Hope School of Fine Arts at Indiana University. This is his second one-person exhibition with the Bruno David Gallery.

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Slow Hum
Oil on canvas

74 x 60 inches
Untitled (I)
Oil on canvas

74 x 60 inches
Untitled (III)
Oil on canvas

74 x 60 inches
Untitled (VII)
Oil on canvas

74 x 60 inches
Construction to Avoid Drowning
Oil on canvas

74 x 60 inches
Untitled (II)
Oil on canvas

74 x 60 inches
Untitled (IIX)
Oil on canvas

74 x 60 inches
Untitled (V)
Oil on canvas

47-1/2 x 38-1/2 inches
Untitled (VI)
Oil on canvas

47-1/2 x 38-1/2 inches
Untitled (IV)
Oil on canvas

47-1/2 x 38-1/2 inches
Kelley Johnson "Recent Paintings" (Installation view)
September 10 - November 6, 2010
Kelley Johnson "Recent Paintings" (Installation view)
September 10 - November 6, 2010



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