Exhibit: Nancy Johnson "Self Portraits From Past to Present"
January 28—February 28, 2020, Tue/Wed/Thu/Fri 1:00 pm-6:00 pm
January 26—February 23, 2020, Sundays 2:00 pm-5:00 pm
UMass Amherst Campus
Johnson is captivated by the physicality and craft of painting, its viscosity and malleability. When the oils and pigments coalesce and congeal to an almost sculptural effect is when she reaches her personal nirvana. Self Portraits are a way for her to reflect as the passing of time and events that influence her inner state of being and her outer appearance. Self Portraits provide the opportunity to create a narrative, and to be playful, with humorous historical references with herself as Velazquez’s La Infanta Maria Therese, or in homage to Freud’s Queen Elizabeth portrait, or as a hipster with a hip-hop attitude.
Nancy Johnson Bio:
Nancy Johnson was born in Springfield, Mass. in 1959. She received her BFA from the University of Massachusetts Amherst in 1982, and her MFA from Yale University in 1985.
Johnson's works have been shown at the Icon Gallery in Brunswick, ME, and she participated in an exhibition, “4 Women Painters,” at Anderson University. She was also invited to participate in the “Posers and Rockers” Show at the Brooklyn Artist Gym, and participated in Group Shows at 440 Gallery, and as part of the “Metro 26” Show. She recently had a solo exhibition of her paintings at 510 Warren Street Gallery in Hudson, NY. Her paintings can be seen annually as part of the Arts Gowanus Open Studio and 92Y Faculty Show.
She has taught at Mount Wachusett Community College, Westfield State College, and University of Massachusetts at Amherst as an Adjunct Professor. She currently teaches painting and drawing at the 92Y in Manhattan.
She is the recipient of a Grant from Ford Foundation, and of an award for Excellence in Drawing from Strathmore. She currently lives and maintains her studio in Brooklyn, NY.