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Wake Med Art Exhibition
Aug 2 - Sept 20, 2012
Biomorphic Abstracts by Clara K. Johnson

 
Wake Med Art Exhibition
Aug 2 - Sept 20, 2012
Biomorphic Abstracts by Clara K. Johnson
United Arts Council of Raleigh and Wake County Exhibit
 
Biomorphic Abstracts by Clara K. Johnson

As a five-year old, pint-sized girl with thick brown glasses and four plaits in her hair standing amid the yelling and screaming of her seven siblings and countless nieces and nephews Clara K. Johnson had a notion, "We need to bring some art into this house."

Ever since those early days of childhood chaos, Johnson sought to make her surroundings more beautiful. She often helped her late father refinish the wood work at their home, antique furniture and labored with him on home improvement projects throughout the city of Rochester, New York, where she grew up. Quietly and unbeknownst to her, these early artistic endeavors laid the foundation for her talents and gifts to thrive. These gifts were planted from birth as her late maternal grandfather, Benjamin R. Harrison, was the creator of Johnson C. Smith University's mascot, "The Golden Bull," in Charlotte, North Carolina.

Describing her style of painting as biomorphic abstract, Johnson is self-taught residing in Raleigh. She is fascinated by the universal symbolism and simplicity of the circle and the unexpected steadfast complexity of trees - these are the foundational elements in her work - to which she adds multiple layers of color, shapes, textures and sometimes collage. Her website is www.clarakjohnson.com. This exhibition is made possible by Wake Med and the United Arts Council of Raleigh and Wake County.

 
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