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Safari, 1974

Ynez Johnston

American, 1920-
Ink on paper
image: 17-3/4 x 2 in.; sheet: 11-1/4 x 6 in. (image: 45.09 x 5.08 cm; sheet: 28.58 x 15.24 cm)
Norton Simon Museum, Gift of James Byrnes in memory of Barbara Byrnes, his lifelong partner and co-worker
© 2011 Ynez Johnston Berry

Not on view

Whether they are made of wax, silk, ink, wood or oil, Ynez Johnston’s works find consistency through the invented worlds that make up their subject matter. Born in Berkeley in 1920, the artist has traveled around the world, plucking artistic inspiration along the way. Her experiences in Asia, Europe and the Americas have been absorbed and then transposed as fantastical visual narratives replete with plants, animals and people. In these works, various strata of color, imagery and medium relay an intricacy of thought and a facility with one’s craft that is difficult to match. Johnston’s skill with etching and aquatint, a truly unforgiving medium, are also on view here, as washes of sophisticated color lend depth to her intricate, fanciful imagery.

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