4.  The Birdwatcher


Greg Johnson  ~  Georgia

 

Artist Gregory Johnson was born in Chicago, Illinois. From my earliest recollections, my work has always been representational in nature.  It reflects a strong European tradition of a softly detailed surface quality, while expressing the energy and vitality of contemporary life. The first step, which is the most important for me, is to capture the "presence" of the moment; this is done by creating a feeling of character,  selecting the most expressive composition, and enhancing the feeling of movement. Artist’s describe this ability to capture movement  as being gesturely rich.  Even static objects can have an intrinsic feeling of movement.  With my sculpting tools, I  look for ways to have a rich texture, while having a faithful  and sensitive  relationship to the meticulous detail  of the  object being depicted.  He believes in animated, softly  detailed realistically figurative works that maintain classical proportions. While I have a clear personal vision of where the artwork is headed,  I do yield to the surprises often  discovered in the process. 

 

The Birdwatcher represents a gentleman and dog looking upward for birds  as one has landed in his hat

           

This piece was made using the lost wax method, bronze casting and can be purchased for $18,000.

@2014 Sculpture Tour Salina

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