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The Evolving Styles of William H. Johnson

Paintings in the Luce Foundation Center

William H. Johnson’s Harbor, Svolvaer, Lofoten

Karen Canova is a dedicated Luce Foundation Center volunteer and art history enthusiast

The Luce Foundation Center currently has 22 paintings on view by William H. Johnson (1901-1970), one of America’s foremost African American artists and a major figure in 20th century art. Luce visitors may notice that Johnson’s paintings appear to be done in two very different styles.

Matt Talbert

Matt Talbert is a contemporary oil painter living in Orange County, California.  He is named one of the „Top 100 Figurative Artist Working Now“ by PoetsArtists Magazine.  Matt’s primary focus is expressive paintings of the human figure exhibited in galleries such as Arcadia Contemporary in California. While he grew up at the beach, he attributes much of his artistic development to his years spent in New York City. Working in the basement of the famous Pearl art store on Canal street and meeting a wide range of artists from all disciplines was indispensable. He has recently been featured in the pages of American Art CollectorPoetsArtists and International Artist Magazine. Matt earned his BFA from the Laguna College of Art and Design and is a member of the Portrait Society of America.

 

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Desire 20×18 inches oil on linen

Desire is a fruitful exercise in restraint and minimalism, in that the tightly cropped and beautifully depicted imagery leaps out from the unpainted background. Thoughtful, well-placed brushstrokes capture an exalted yet fleeting sense of realism while waning impasto and seemingly haphazard drips gradually invade the bare support, enhancing its captivating contemporary look.

Mastery in Hyperrealism

Luxenburg’s Pursuit of Excellence

Sheryl Luxenburg is a Canadian hyperrealist artist based in Ottawa who uses watermedia, airbrush, and brush to capture ultra-realistic subject matter, ranging from window reflections and junk yards to figure paintings. Her artwork is so hard to distinguish from reality—especially when viewed online—that many may unwittingly scroll over her work thinking it’s a photograph.

Sheryl Luxenburg  |  Pouting  |  Watercolor on paper  |  26 x 22 inches or 66 x 55 ¾ cm

Sheryl Luxenburg  |  Pouting  |  Watercolor on paper  |  26 x 22 inches or 66 x 55 ¾ cm

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