DUO: Krista and Leo Johnson
DateJune 5 - June 27
10091 McGregor Blvd.
Fort Myers, FL 33919 United States
PriceAdmission to the gallery is free, but a $5 suggested donation keeps programming affordable and accessible
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The power of two: commanding forces in painting and self-expression, these two lovebirds make the perfect pair! Krista and Leo Johnson combine primitivism and modernist figure painting to form a cumulative vision that delights with splendor and discovery. Join us in the gallery this month as we celebrate the work of these two amazing artists which make the perfect DUO.
On Display: June 5-27
Opening Reception: Friday, June 5 • 5 – 7 p.m.
See it first. See it free.
Gallery Walk and Talk: Saturday, June 6 • 10:30 a.m. during our weekly GreenMarket
About the Artists:
Krista Johnson has spent her life in the lush nature of southwest Florida and her primitive-style paintings are spirited expressions that capture the color, abundance and mystery of the world she loves.
Johnson’s paintings are full. Birds are a particular passion of Johnson’s having lived with two and rescued several bringing them to the Clinic for the Rehabilitation of Wildlife (CROW) on Sanibel Island. To Johnson, birds represent friendship, family, love and the idea of the “perfect pair”. The density and intensity of Florida’s natural world are captured in Keri Road with creatures circling the canvas and in Morning in the Garden with intertwined flowers and vines blooming throughout. Whether it is vegetation, people, reptiles or birds her canvases are covered with subjects pushing up against each other, giving the viewer much to explore. Yet, with all the intensity the paintings are not claustrophobic, but intimate, giving us a view of the world according to Johnson.
Leo Johnson is a third generation Cuban-Sicilian, who is still immersed in the art, culture and language. Leo studied painting in San Miguel, Mexico, at the Instituto Allende. He has won many awards for his paintings and has shown his work nationally and internationally. His paintings are in many prestigious collections and universities. Leo considers it important to be active in the community, giving lectures and teaching art to disabled and at risk children and adults.
“In my paintings I try to reflect the human spirit-its agonies, joys, exuberance-and peaks and valleys of everyday life. Also included are the fleeting moments which appear to us once in a lifetime and are gone… Throughout the history of art, mankind has been the motivator, the inspirer, and the force that protects and propels civilization into the future.” – Leo
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