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YNEZ JOHNSTON b.1920



Biography: Ynez Johnston graduated in 1946 from University of California, Berkeley with honors as a painter and printmaker. She was fascinated by Chinatown of San Francisco and the Bay surrounding the hills of the city. She moved to Los Angeles in 1951 to teach and create; early awards led to shows and work abroad. The images of her travels combined into a collage of visual experiences. Her concerns are in the suspension of time relationships, in creating a drama which synthesizes an exotic metamorphosis of animals, foliage and structures. She creates intriguing fantasies in etchings and woodcuts, collage, paintings, wood and bronze sculptures. Johnston makes dramatic use of jewel-like colors and bold lines in her work in various media. She also embraces new techniques. Her aesthetic vocabulary prods our memories and references romantic and mystic cultures. Throughout, she is guided by a modern sensitivity and suggests teeming cities, landscapes, gorgeous royal trappings and improbable vehicles in which we can travel through magical settings.

Chronology: [Click For Chrono PDF]



Exhibitions at Tobey C. Moss Gallery:



  2003 Ynez Johnston: A Fifty Five Year Retrospective

  1998 Ynez Johnston: An Overview: 1940s-1990s

  1994 Ynez Johnston: Intaglio, Woodcuts and Lithographs


Paintings

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Straits of Messina

Straits of Messina

Casein/board1953
Untitled

Untitled

Oils on heavy paper1974
Xmas Card

Xmas Card

Gouache on handmade rice paper1989/90
Sea Phantom

Sea Phantom

"Plastic steel" and pigment on canvas1962

Drawings

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Abstraction with Fish

Abstraction with Fish

Ink1947

Prints

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Breakwater

Breakwater

Etching and aquatint1953
Cnossos (Marco Polo)

Cnossos (Marco Polo)

Color intaglio1962
Cosmic Mountain

Cosmic Mountain

Color intaglio1981
Crossing the Date-Line

Crossing the Date-Line

Color intaglio1977
Evening Raga

Evening Raga

Color intaglio1967-68
Fog, Taiwan

Fog, Taiwan

Color intaglio1959
Hunting Scene

Hunting Scene

Color etching1964
Marco Polo (Cnossos)

Marco Polo (Cnossos)

Color etching and aquatint1962
Nautical Adventures

Nautical Adventures

Color intaglio1967-68
Of Yin and Yang

Of Yin and Yang

Color intaglio1967-68
River Picnic

River Picnic

color intaglio1967-68
The He and the She of It

The He and the She of It

Color intaglio1967-68
The Kiss

The Kiss

Color intaglio1967-68
Tomb of the Rajah

Tomb of the Rajah

Etching1949
Tribal Coast

Tribal Coast

Color etching1964
Untitled (Voyages V)

Untitled (Voyages V)

Color lithograph1966
Voyage in Africa

Voyage in Africa

Etching1949
Voyage to the East

Voyage to the East

Etching1954
With Peach and Dragon Emblems

With Peach and Dragon Emblems

Color intaglio1968

Sculpture

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Sea Phantom

Sea Phantom

"Plastic steel" and pigment on canvas1962