By consciously tuning herself in to the natural world, Johanna Reynolds creates dynamic abstractions using oil and acrylic paint. Reynolds’ work is known for elegant, contemplative layers interrupted by moody, gestural bursts of unexpected colour.
From series to series, colour palettes intersect at a riotous pace, borrowing elements from plant life, rocks, water and sky. These elemental forces create sweeping nuances which cause emotional stirrings within the viewer. These non-representational landscapes aim to hint at something familiar, yet remain open-ended to allow the viewer’s imagination to complete the story.
Johanna recently exhibited 12 paintings in Sweden for her first international solo show, titled Suspension, with Nordic Stories Contemporary Art. Another professional milestone was Air Canada’s acquisition of four large works for their permanent collection. These pieces are installed along the Maple Leaf members lounge at LaGuardia airport in New York. Johanna studied Art History and Studio Arts at Concordia University in Montreal, Canada. She works and lives in her hometown of Toronto with her husband and two children, where her abstract paintings are gaining an impressive local and international following.
The Artist Project, February 2019
The Artist Project, February 2018
Rosedale Art Show, June 2018
Suspension, Nordic Stories Contemporary Art, Dalarö Sweden, 2018
Open To Be, with Brianna Gluszak, Samara Contemporary, 2019 // Curated by Rafi Ghanaghounian
Echolocation, with Joanna Ferarro and Julie Fader, OUR GALLERY, 2018
Curio Shadow Box Show, Earl Selkirk Gallery, 2018
Square Foot Show, Project Spaceman Gallery, Brooklyn, NY, 2005
Square Foot Show, AWOL Gallery, 2004
Concordia University Art History and Studio Arts 1990-1993
2001, OCADU Glass Blowing, Winter Program
2002, Sheridan Drawing Intensive, Summer Program
2004, New Media Design, Toronto Image Works January-April
Thirty in Twenty: An Exhibition of Vintage Photography Food and Wine, The Department Gallery Mainspace September 3-30, 2009
neckLACE: Object + Artifact, Co-curated with Marina Dempster November, 2009
Air Canada permanent collection, placed in 2018 in LaGuardia Airport, NY