This spring David Lusk Gallery presents Libby Johnson’s Tempest. Born and raised in Baton Rouge, Johnson was keenly aware of the region’s varied landscape; however, as an artist, it didn’t interest her at first. She preferred to paint figures. A train ride across the Northern Ital
A combination of oil paint, technical skills and varnish gives Johnson the ability to create extreme light situations in both her dramatic landscapes on canvas and detailed vignettes of street scenes on panel. Rolling clouds, textured fabrics with ornate designs and monumental fruits coalesce into work that is at once tumultuous and harmonious.
“This body of work elaborates on the ideas I have worked on for years surrounding the flux of nature in its extremes. The juxtaposition of the sky in extraordinary weather situations with the calmness and steadfastness of the earth continues to fascinate me. The two qualities are contrasting, but simultaneously provide the reassurance that both calm and fury coexist everywhere and neither has the power to overwhelm the other.”
Libby Johnson lives and works in Baton Rouge. In addition to David Lusk Gallery, she is represented by Soren Christensen Gallery in New Orleans, LA and Harris Gallery in Houston, TX. Numerous public and private collections in Louisiana and Texas boast her work. In addition to participating in group and solo exhibitions for many years, her teaching legacy spans from Louisiana to Tennessee to Colorado. This is her sixth solo show with David Lusk Gallery.