"Going Under The Knife" By Johanna Spinks
An Exploration of Palette Knife Portraiture
Museum of Ventura County
Tool Room Gallery
@Bell Arts Factory
432 N. Ventura Ave.,
Ventura, California 93001
Please note this a satellite gallery, off Museum's main campus.
Opening Night, Friday April 1st, 6-9 p.m.
Show runs through April 30th
After reception, viewing by appointment only.
310 384 7029
Just over two years ago, award-winning portrait artist Johanna Spinks decided to take a risk with her familiar paint brush: putting it down. In its place, she picked up a palette knife and began using the metal artist’s tool for her private, non-commissioned work in order to paint the people around her. Her upcoming curated show at the Museum of Ventura County’s Tool Room Gallery, entitled “Going Under the Knife," is sampling of this palette knife work. Much of this work was done from life sittings, depicting those near and dear to her and those who captured her heart on her travels through India, Europe and the high Sierras during this timespan. Johanna’s mentor and seven-time presidential portrait painter Everett Raymond Kinstler, N.A. describes her palette knife portrait work as "a refreshing departure and journey into creative portraiture”.
Included in the show will be a large portrait of Ventura scientist and philanthropist 102 years'-young Howard Boroughs which was recently accepted into the permanent collection of the Museum of Ventura County. Johanna painted Howard in five life sittings at his home, an experience she holds most dear.
One thing is for sure, the palette knife won’t be put down any time soon.
By Johanna Spinks
20 x 24, via palette knife