Posts Tagged ‘Russell Johnson’

  • The Frame & Her: Francine Hackerott collaborates on Larson-Juhl collection

    Feb 5, 16 • ndemarino • 5enses, Feature8 CommentsRead More »

    By Robert Blood [Editor’s note: The following interview was culled from conversations between the reporter and  Francine Hackerott, framer at The Frame & I, who won the Larson-Juhl’s third annual Design Star: Framing Edition Competition. See her recently released collaborative line with Larson Juhl, “Salon 1789,” at The Frame & I, 229 W. Gurley St., 928-445-5073.] Let’s start with the contest itself, which was at the West Coast Art & Frame trade show in January of 2015. What’s your background and how did you end up entering the Larson-Juhl’s third annual Design Star: Framing Edition Competition? I’ve been doing picture framing for 30 years. I entered a couple of competitions for an art gallery about four years into it through the Professional Picture Framers Association. I’d actually done one for Larson-Juhls, and had done a really, really great one for it. It’s kind of exciting all these years later, after not doing competitions, for this to happen. I had made a comment to Ida (Kendall, owner of the Frame & I), who’s been very, very supportive of this, about wanting to make a tabernacle frame. It’s a style of frame originally created as an altar piece, usually used in churches to hold iconic images. At first, they had doors on them because they traveled from place to place. They were literally portable altars. So I’d made this comment to Ida

  • Chasing the sublime: Russell Johnson learns, relearns, and re-relearns to paint, see

    Oct 2, 15 • ndemarino • 5enses, Portfolio7,232 CommentsRead More »

    By James Dungeon The route looked safe enough, but it almost killed him. Russell Johnson was hiking the Grand Canyon with a friend in 2001 when he detoured under an overhang. “I took a step and there was this sheer drop off. Rocks went tumbling into the water,” Johnson said. “It was scary. There was nothing beautiful about it in that moment.” But there was a singularity that arrested his attention. He didn’t know it then, but that was something he needed to evoke in his landscape paintings. That moment has since become a touchstone. “It’s close to what’s called ‘the sublime,’” Johnson said. “I’m trying to transport you to an experience or a place in my paintings. Often, those places are beautiful, too, but I’m trying to balance that place and that moment.” Johnson’s paintings are a dynamic, refreshing beacon in an otherwise crowded field of Western landscapes. Refining that style, however, has a been a journey that’s been neither singular nor entirely linear. “For a long time, I wasn’t sure what I was trying to articulate with my artwork,” Johnson said. “I needed some purpose and contextual background for what I was doing. … I needed some help.”   Outside pursuits Growing up in Prescott, a middle child among 10, Johnson had two favorite places — his room and the great outdoors. “I was able to get lost

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