Cole Johnson Handsigned & Numbered Limited Edition Giclee on Paper:"Proceed with Caution"Item #: MP-477
Artist: Cole Johnson
Title: Proceed with Caution
Image Size: 12" x 18"
Edition:Artist Hand Signed and Numbered Limited Edition to 300
Medium: Fine Art Print Giclee on Paper
About the Art:
Cole Johnson has lived in upstate New York his entire life. He, his wife, Mary, and their daughter live in a remote area. There, Johnson pursues some of his favorite activities ? hunting, fishing and spending time in the woods. Consequently, some of his favorite subjects are species with which he has become familiar in the field ? white-tailed deer, trout, turkeys, hunting dogs, birds of prey and waterfowl ? rendered as close-up, detailed portraits.
Although he did not study art in high school, it was then that Johnson discovered his talent for sketching. Encouraged by his inclusion in a local student art exhibit, he continued to draw and pursued a junior college program in fine art at the Munson-Williams-Procter Institute of Art in Utica, New York. In 1991, Johnson completed his B.F.A. with a concentration in painting at the State University of New York at Buffalo.
Although he has worked in oils, Johnson prefers graphite powder. "The contrast of black and white appeals to me," he comments. "I enjoy the challenge of making a drawing come to life based solely on tonal value." By incorporating powdered graphite into his work, he creates a softness otherwise unobtainable, giving his art a distinct mood. Using an eraser as a tool in later stages of the drawing allows the reintroduction of light and depth.
Together with his first-hand observations in the field, Johnson takes a number of photographs as reference for details on his subjects and for the background, foreground and foliage he creates in his drawings. He prefers to use color film because the varying degrees of color in the photos give him important information that help him to determine the values he will use in his black and white drawings.
In addition to numerous local and regional shows, Johnson continues to broaden his exposure nationally with exhibits such as the Southeastern Wildlife Exposition in Charleston, South Carolina. He has also been juried into such prestigious art exhibits as The Leigh Yawkey Woodson Art Museum "Birds in Art" Exhibition in Wausau, Wisconsin, and the National Arts for the Parks Competition. In 1998, he was inducted into The Society of Animal Artists.
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