FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – August 15, 2014 – Santa Fe, New Mexico
CONTACT: Kristin Johnson – Maecenas
Kristin Johnson Fine Art
KRISTIN JOHNSON FINE ART IS PLEASED TO ANNOUNCE
ARTOPHELIA – CJ WELLS
CELEBRATING HER 40th YEAR ANNIVERSARY
AS A PROFESSIONAL PAINTER AND POET
The Exhibit opens on Friday, AUGUST 22nd through September 22nd, 2014
CJ is truly addicted to what she does – she lives and breathes art and it is the core of her being. She states; “I love to paint. I live to paint. I am totally impassioned by being in my studio and picking warriors out of the air — like musicians pick notes out of the air – rich, haunting and beautiful.
CJ produces exquisite works of art, both abstract paintings as well as portraiture. All of her paintings are quite serious and breathtaking, yet her sense of humor is ever present in her imagery and titles. Two of the paintings in this exhibit titled – ‘Ape Shit’ and another – ‘Kiss My Butt” disguised in French are just a hint at her witty-ness. She does not take herself too seriously, however, her art is very serious business and she does not approach her craft lightly.
This year, CJ Wells celebrates her 40th anniversary as an admitted and convicted ‘Artopheliac’ – a word she has created to define herself, her drive, her dedication and her career. She provided us with the ‘Wells Dictionary’ definition of this moniker:
noun: the unnatural, obsessive and illegal attraction to art.
Her brutal honesty and humor led us to investigate the stories and quotes of other famous artists. We discovered that this disorder – Artophelia – coined and defined by CJ Wells, was an inherent characteristic found in many of the most famous and successful artists in history. Their quotes reveal a similar passion for creativity as well as their addiction to the arts.
Pablo Picasso said it himself: “Only put off until tomorrow, what you are willing to die left undone.”
Vincent Van Gogh stated, “I am seeking. I am striving. I am in it with all my heart” and “When I have a terrible need of – shall I say the word – religion. Then I go out and paint the stars.”
Auguste Rodin said: “The main thing is to be moved, to love, to hope, to tremble, to live.”
Eugene Delacroix noted: “What moves men of genius, or rather what inspires their work, is not new ideas, but their obsession with the idea that what has already been said is still not enough.”
And Chagall simply stated: “Art must be an expression of love or it is nothing.”
C.J. Wells can be found nearly 24 hours a day in her studio. She states: “My studio must be fragrant with turpentine and linseed oil” – that she refers to as – “My favorite smells.” One will also smell the hint of fresh casa blanca lilies, which are always by her side. Once a professional singer, music is just as important to CJ as she finds motivation in the classic works of Vivaldi, Beethoven, and Mozart.
The famous American Psychologist, Abraham Maslow confirms this idea of ‘Artophelia’ by stating: “A musician must make music, an artist must paint, a poet must write, if the artist is to be ultimately at peace with themselves. Artist’s seek these profound moments during which one feels completely alive and more aware of harmony and achievement, a Self-actualization of their human potential. The key question isn’t what fosters creativity, but is, ‘Why in God’s name isn’t everyone creative’?”
Like CJ Wells, Maslow believes that artists have been given this gift in the same way we were given blue eyes or brown. “Making art is not an option for them, it is a necessity.”
The Exhibit – Artophelia – Works by CJ Wells, will be on view at Kristin Johnson Fine Art from August 22nd through Septmeber 22nd, 2014. A broad range of CJ’s work will include her favorite abstract works along with her highly recognized Native American Warrior portraits.
Each painting is a site to behold and if you speak French – you will not only be visually enticed by her work, you will also find yourself chuckling or truly getting the meaning or meanings behind each painting.
CJ Wells’ paintings hang in major corporate and private collections including: The Institute of American Indian Art Museum in New Mexico, The Scottsdale Symphony in Arizona, The Robert Redford Collections in California and New Mexico, The Sylvester Stallone Collection of California as well as many other recognized individuals and organizations.
New Art Gallery Makes its Debut With an Exciting Selection of Contemporary Artists
New Years Opening Reception: Friday, January 18th 2013, 5 – 7pm
Gallery Vision: Kristin Johnson Fine Art currently features eight distinctly diverse artists, each expressing a different perspective on their personal journey in life and in art.
While formally and visually distinct, the artists share a nuanced exploration of visual perception and the subjective excesses it enables. The art exhibited is wide-ranging from ethereal landscapes to Americana, abstract expressionism, encaustics, southwestern photography and realism. In their own meticulous ways, each artist gives the viewer multiple perspectives within a single work that gradually lends itself to a perceptual moment in time.
The artist roster is as follows:
Wade Hoefer: From California, the infinitely tranquil landscapes by Hoefer are ethereal representations of landscapes surrounding his Northern California home. His paintings extend beyond the boundaries of his environment and delve into the realm of his imagination. Widely exposed, Hoefer’s paintings can be found in major museums and prominent collections in the United States and around the world.
Tom Abbott: From Winston Salem North Carolina, a self taught water colorist, Abbott captures Americana with his precise and nearly photographic realistic style – a method of painting that is rarely pursued by artists due to the difficulty and immediacy of the medium.
Klaus Priebe: A Santa Fean, Priebe captures incredible photographs of the southwest. “Please enjoy my visions of the world around us. I have taken photographs at many locations and put them together for everyone to enjoy. The thoughts and perceptions of my mind, eyes and soul along with the gifts of Mother Nature have become one in my images.”
Karen Jacobs: From Birmingham, Alabama, Jacobs has an ongoing interest in the linear juxtaposition of remnants and patterns that has led much of her work to be classified as geometric abstraction. Her layers tend to stack and interlock, remaining totally abstract or ventures into the suggestion of landscapes.
Dominique Samyn: A Santa Fean, Samyn was born in Flanders, Belgium. She states, “I’m always looking for the unexpected, the surprise which makes you wonder. This big adventure brings me joy and hope for the future. I want my paintings to be bold and Inspiring.”
AN AFFAIR WITH THE MUSE
The Grand Opening of Kristin Johnson Fine Art in Santa Fe
Debuts A Collection of World-renowned Artists and Local Talents &
Hosts a Benefit for The Santa Fe Symphony
With Garden Music performed by members of The Symphony
Reception: Friday, May 10th – 2013, 5:30 – 7:30 pm
Throughout history one can find a strong connection between the visual and performing arts – thus, it is only fitting that Kristin Johnson Fine Art is hosting a Benefit for the Santa Fe Symphony during her inaugural gallery exhibition – AN AFFAIR WITH THE MUSE.In studying the history of the visual and performing arts, one will find parallels between the specific genres of music and art – both past and present. One can discover cross-inspirational emotional influences both historical and environmental as well as physical influences such as tools, mediums and technology.
In art: the virtual score becomes the subject and in the performing arts, the virtual subject becomes the score – each drawing from the other canon.Kristin Johnson Fine Art has respectfully and diligently selected to represent several visibly diverse artists, each expressing a different perspective on their personal journey in life and in art. The art exhibited is wide-ranging; from monumental public sculpture, to ethereal landscapes, abstract expressionism, humor infused bronze figures, encaustics, to Americana, Southwestern photography and realism. While formally and visually distinct, the artists share a nuanced exploration of their musical inspirations, styles and mediums and the subjective excesses their muses enable.