Barbara Johnson

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It is very exciting to see an artist's growth presented in such an intelligent and diligent manner - from the very beautiful iconic portraits of objects and of people to the most recent interiors: where Johnson literally steps out into space to meet the challenges of relationships and content that go into the process of picture-making'

She has proved that she can put down in paint anything that interests her with great precision - capturing form and exquisite detail.

She shows such a fascination with the details that is all the more intriguing when she allows areas in some of the recent paintings to have a pictorial ambiguity, such as the blue boat in Boatbuilder or the shirt and sky in Boy in the Woods.

She is stretching herself into areas of picture-making in Boatbuilder. This painting is spatially intriguing: we are drawn to the distant door in the center of the picture - but, in order to reach it we must pass under the mysterious blue boat in the loft above - there are all sorts of inviting elements - we want to look at the things on the workbench - go up the stairs and look out the windows.

The difference between the intention of the painting of Hadley's Finest and Boy in the Woods (though composed similarly) is as different as the painting of a pinned butterfly to a painting of one in flight.

The new paintings invite (no, demand) one to participate. I feel the excitement of the artist and share the elation of discovery.

I can't wait for more to come.

Sondra Freckelton

Sondra Freckelton