Formations, 40" x 60", oil on canvas, 2008
by Lisa Johnson
Lisa Johnson has been painting professionally since graduating with honours from the Ontario College of Art and Design, where she also won the prestigious Mrs. W.O. Forsythe Award for 4th year women painters. Lisa Johnson exhibits her work in solo and group shows throughout Ontario, most recently at the Propeller Centre in Toronto. She is currently represented by Canvas Gallery and is soon expanding to Koyman Galleries in Ottawa. Her work can be seen in private and corporate collections throughout Canada, the U.S. and Europe.
“She is a modern romantic poised halfway between the world of purely painterly dreams and visions of grand mysterious Canadian places.”
Robert Kameczura, Chicago
Big Shoulder's Magazine
Her landscape inspirations include northern Ontario and B.C. but more recently the lovely Northumberland and Trent Hills. In fact, Lisa and her husband recently became the proud owners of a piece of hilly property on the edge of Warkworth, where they are planning to build a studio/retreat.
“I find inspiration from music and dance as well as from the history of art-making. I look for rhythm and movement in forms, whether found in a still life, landscape or figure. My paintings express an emotional and sensual response to form, space and light. Colour emphasizes points of sensitivity and energy. The end result makes reference to a representational starting point, but at the same time draws the viewer to look beyond the optical. My current explorations bring landscape, figure and architecture together, with resulting tensions between abstraction and representation.”
For more information visit www.lisajohnson.ca.