Libby Johnson

b. 1950, Baton Rouge, LA
The juxtaposition of the sky in extraordinary weather situations with the calmness and steadfastness of the earth continues to fascinate me...calm and fury coexist everywhere and neither has the power to overwhelm the other.
Sirocco
Sirocco

Libby Johnson’s spectacular photorealistic paintings depict fleeting moments of beauty and fantasy in places near and far away. Conveying mood with seductive immediacy, her technical mastery of oil paint and varnish create elaborate complexities of light and shadow. Culled from a range of locations -- from the Louisiana skyline to the Italian countryside -- her lush compositions are invented through a process of layering photographs of cloud formations, treetops and open fields. Her still life paintings of monumental flowers and fruit resting upon textured fabrics coalesce into compositions that are at once tumultuous and harmonious. Although realistic by definition, her works offer a perspective beyond daily life and into the the phenomenal contrasts of our environment.

Libby Johnson lives and works in Baton Rouge and received her BFA and MFA from Louisiana State University. In addition to participating in group and solo exhibitions for many years, her teaching legacy spans from Louisiana to Tennessee to Colorado. Her work is featured in numerous public and private collections such as New Orleans Museum of Art, New Orleans; City National Bank, Baton Rouge; Louisiana State University Museum, Baton Rouge; Louisiana State University School of Veterinary Medicine, Baton Rouge; Oschner Hospital Foundation, New Orleans; PepsiCo International, Dallas; Genesis Corporation, Atlanta; and the Louisiana Arts and Science Museum, Baton Rouge; among others.

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Sirocco
Sirocco
Remembrance
Remembrance
Awakening
Awakening
The Vestige Of A Day
The Vestige Of A Day
La Primavera
La Primavera
The End Of Summer
The End Of Summer
Strike
Strike
Hush
Hush
Moonglow
Moonglow
Breadth
Breadth
Lamp
Lamp
Vigil
Vigil
Zephyr
Zephyr
Song Of The South II
Song Of The South II
Gossamer
Gossamer
Seven Sisters
Seven Sisters
Sirocco
Sirocco
oil on panel, 18x18
2018
Remembrance
Remembrance
oil on panel, 30x20
2017
Awakening
Awakening
oil on panel, 30x40
2018
The Vestige Of A Day
The Vestige Of A Day
oil on panel, 30x24
2018
La Primavera
La Primavera
oil on panel, 12x16
2018
The End Of Summer
The End Of Summer
oil on panel, 12x24
2018
Strike
Strike
oil on panel, 9x8
2018
Hush
Hush
oil on panel, 9x8
2018
Moonglow
Moonglow
oil on panel, 9x8
2018
Breadth
Breadth
oil on panel, 9x8
2018
Lamp
Lamp
oil on panel, 9x8
2018
Vigil
Vigil
oil on panel, 8x16
2017
Zephyr
Zephyr
oil on panel, 12x24
2017
Song Of The South II
Song Of The South II
oil on panel, 13x24
2013
Gossamer
Gossamer
oil on panel, 33x54
2008
Seven Sisters
Seven Sisters
oil on panel, 24x32
2003