Nicholaysen Art Museum

NIC_logoFriday October 9, 2015
Casper Wyoming, Florida

Reception and Artist Talk:
October 9, 2015 6-8 PM

Nicholaysen Art Museum

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Joel Johnsons’ work is a reflection of his childhood growing up in the refinery town of Sinclair, in southeastern Wyoming. He was visually exposed to the Spanish Colonial style of architecture of its hotel, church, library, and central plaza with fountain. These were later to influence his paintings of southwest imagery, particularly the missions of New Mexico and Arizona. This interest continued on into Italy and paintings of Venice and other country towns. The area landscape around Sinclair including the Platte River, the Snowy Range and Elk Mountain areas, notably in the fall and winter, became subjects for many of his paintings including his more mature current work. The clear light of Wyoming has played an integral part of the design, mood, and a sense of place the artist has sought to convey through his paintings.