(dark cityscape) by Ynez Johnston

(dark cityscape) by Ynez Johnston

(dark cityscape)

Ynez Johnston

Title

(dark cityscape)

 
Artist

Ynez Johnston

  1920 - 2019 (biography)
Year
1956  
Technique
ink and casein drawing 
Image Size
15 1/2 x 10" paper and image size 
Signature
ink, lower left 
Edition Size
1 of 1 unique 
Annotations
dated in ink, lower left 
Reference
 
Paper
Japanese hosho 
State
unique 
Publisher
 
Inventory ID
16676 
Price
$3,500.00 
Description

This drawing was done in 1956, most likely when the artist was in Colorado Springs. It was during this time she met Mark Rothko and "he gave me a very kindly critique of my work - a cheering memory."

Art critic Alfred Frankenstein wrote in the San Francisco Chronicle in 1956, the year this drawing was done:

"Ynez Johnston is an artist who has mastered a fabulous, very personal, very important, and all but indescribable style. Miss Johnston fuses dream and improvisation...in the infinite, unbelievably minute elaboration of her design, which often takes on an almost microscopic character. Her scale can be very deceptive, however; once it entraps the eye it leads it through extraordinary shifts and reversals, so that the microscopic is revealed as immense vanishes into the small... the little forms are half abstract and half representational; they are patches of color and line and they are also towers, battlements, facades, and domes. They are static like aerial photographs, and they flow like old maps..."