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The End of Summer
Libby Johnson
The End of Summer
2018 | oil on panel | 12x24 | $35000

Libby Johnson’s hyperrealist paintings couldn’t be any more captivating. Her strange but alluring compositions and subject matters like half-peeled oranges against billowing, voluptuous clouds strike a chord of the dreaminess of surrealism yet the intensity of realism. Her most recent works were created from a study of the landscape of Northern Italy in juxtaposition to her roots in Southern Louisiana. In Johnson's work, the two have never been so alike.

Johnson’s work delivers a contrast between both subject matter and execution. (Can you tell we love dualities around here?) She writes of her recent works: “The juxtaposition of the sky in extraordinary weather situations with the calmness and steadfastness of the earth continues to fascinate me. The two qualities are contrasting, but simultaneously provide the reassurance that both calm and fury coexist everywhere and neither has the power to overwhelm the other.”

In The End of Summer, a bunch of figs take the dramatic stage. As a popular and beloved partner for an after-dinner aperitif, Johnson has given us the landscape of Italy through the gifts of the Italian countryside, offering up a delicious image of the relief of a cool late-summer evening and the sweet forgiveness of the earth.

Libby Johnson lives and works in Baton Rouge. In addition to David Lusk Gallery, she is represented by Soren Christensen Gallery in New Orleans, LA, and Harris Gallery in Houston, TX. Numerous public and private collections in Louisiana and Texas boast her work. In addition to participating in group and solo exhibitions for many years, her teaching legacy spans from Louisiana to Tennessee to Colorado.

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