Detail View

Portrait of Wendy
Date: 1974
Culture: American
Dimensions: image: 38 x 44 in. (96.5 x 111.8 cm) frame: 40 x 46 x 1 1/2 in. (101.6 x 116.8 x 3.8 cm)
Medium: oil on canvas
Credit Line: Helen Sheridan Memorial Fund purchase
Label Text: This painting pre-dates Johnson’s usual streetscapes and architecturally-detailed representations for which she is known. The portrait is both a sensitive and powerful depiction of the artist’s daughter. Though figurative, the loose brushstrokes in the background and lower-body demonstrate a level of abstraction if not in concept, then in execution. Johnson was an accomplished local artist. She worked briefly as a freelance fashion illustrator after college. In Kalamazoo she attended classes and workshops at the Kirk Newman Art School (KNAS). Her art was represented in many one-person, group and area shows in Southwest Michigan. She taught art for five years at Portage Community Schools and served one year at the Arts Council of Kalamazoo, 3 years on the Board of Directors, Kalamazoo Institute of Arts and was a Kirk Newman Art School faculty member.
Object Number: 2017.43
Currently not on view