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The Birdwatcher

KSAL Staff - May 15, 2014 3:16 pm

4. The Birdwatcher

4. The Birdwatcher

4. The Birdwatcher

Artist: Gregory Johnson

Hometown: Georgia

Year Completed: 2012

Description of piece:
A gentleman and his dog looking upward for birds, while one has landed on his hat. Piece is made created using the lost wax method and bronze casting.

Artist Bio:
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.

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