Works by talented artist and designer Louise Johnson will be on display in the Mildred Harrison Dent Fine Arts Gallery beginning Nov. 5. The exhibit, "The Shape of Color," illustrates Johnson's abstract style and love of artistic expression through color, shape and texture. A reception is planned for Nov. 8 from 5:30-7 p.m.
Johnson has more than 20 years of experience as an artist and interior designer. She owns Louise Johnson Interiors and provides full-service, high-end residential design and art commissions for clients all over the south. She and her husband, David, have three sons, all students at Spartanburg Day School.
"Last spring in the carpool line I saw Louise walking in to pick up one of her three boys after school, and it hit me that she was the perfect fit for a Dent Gallery exhibit," said Sam Mitchell, Coordinator Mildred Harrison Dent Fine Arts Center."As a Day School parent, well established professional interior designer and visual artist, she is too good of a combination not to share with the greater community."
Mitchell said the exhibit "elicits a message of strength represented through her abstracted female figures. Her works are excellent examples of the elements of art and principles of design for our students to study."
Johnson said the collection on display – part of her "Warrior" series – includes figurative work, tribal faces and abstract pieces.
"I am constantly studying the female figure in poses and positions, and I try to tell a story through the color choices and energy of the figure. I enjoy painting faces with ornate designs and expressions, and they each take on their own personality and narrative."
Johnson has an extensive background in art, including countless studio and art history classes at Vanderbilt University, as well as architecture and figure drawing in Florence, Italy. She attended Rhode Island School of Design for graphic design and received her bachelor's in fine arts from American University with courses in drafting, architecture and furniture design. Her work was most recently published in the Fall 2018 issue of Designers Today, a publication for interior designers and the home furnishings industry.
The exhibit will be on display in the Dent Gallery through Dec. 11.