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Barry Johnson
Untitled 102, figurative painting of family and child, anonymous people

2018

$3,500

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Barry Johnson, a self-taught artist and Topeka, Kansas native, renders deceivingly simple environmental portraits of Black people with house paint on canvas. Johnson’s subjects, if not anonymous by the way they’re painted, remain unidentified by title. His subjects experience a wide range of emotions, from confident to contemplative to still, feelings that popular media rarely show Black people experiencing. In ‘Untitled 34’ a young man in green pants and a bright yellow oversized hoodie faces left with his head turned down. It’s difficult to determine whether he’s upset, tired, content or something else. ‘Untitled 102’ depicts two figures embracing a child in the middle of an empty, unfurnished room (save for a brightly colored abstract painting in the top left). Are they mourning, celebrating, or simply sharing a quiet moment? Are these familiar scenes that Johnson has witnessed? Are they friends or family? Viewers might never know but will feel privileged having had an intimate look into these strangers’ lives.

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