Untitled by Ynez Johnston

Untitled by Ynez Johnston

Untitled

Ynez Johnston

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Title

Untitled

 
Artist

Ynez Johnston

  1920 - 2019 (biography)
Year
c. 1953  
Technique
woodcut with color stencils 
Image Size
7 1/2 x 11 1/2" image 
Signature
pencil, lower right 
Edition Size
66 of 75  
Annotations
pencil editioned 
Reference
 
Paper
soft Japanese laid 
State
published 
Publisher
artist 
Inventory ID
14948 
Price
$1,000.00 
Description

Two ships arrive in the waters of a crowded port city in Inez Johnston’s pictograph-like composition. Done in layered color stencil overlaid with block print in solid black, Johnston’s style borrows from ancient pictorial works found on cave walls and painted scrolls to produce imagery that echoes the past, and yet her technique roots her firmly in mid-century modern aesthetic.

Johnston employs thin, labyrinthine linework that darts through the underlying mesh of color, creating a vibrant energy that makes the city and ships appear illuminated, as if lit in celebration against the black of a night sky. As is often true with Johnston’s work, this image tells a story that is left open to the viewer to determine.

 
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