"Phases of the Moon"
Maynard Johnny Jr., "Phases of the Moon," serigraph edition of 100, 10" X 30".
MAYNARD JOHNNY JR., Pacific Prints 2008
Alcheringa Gallery, Victoria
Jan 8 to Feb 29, 2008
By Jill Sawyer
With a simplicity of design that combines traditional forms with modern lines, it’s no surprise that painter, printmaker, and carver Maynard Johnny, Jr. has a sideline in creating logos for First Nations organizations. Affiliated with the Coast Salish and Kwakwaka’wakw people of Vancouver Island, Johnny’s work incorporates the classic symbols and forms of the region — killer whales, grizzly bears, salmon, frogs — and splashes them with bright modern colours or places them in unusual repeating patterns. Working with a variety of materials — acrylic on canvas, acrylic on paper, serigraph — he’s largely self-taught. Originally from Campbell River, BC, Johnny also often works in wood and precious metals. Victoria’s Alcheringa Gallery will feature his print work as part of their popular Pacific Printsexhibition along with a selection of other gallery artists, including works from Canada’s Northwest Coast, Australia, and Papua New Guinea. New and limited edition prints by Susan Point, Johnny and lessLIE will join rare works by noted printmakers including Wayne Young, Art Thompson and Ron Hamilton.
Represented by: Alcheringa Gallery, Victoria; Inuit Gallery, Vancouver; Coastal Peoples Fine Arts Gallery, Vancouver; The Path Gallery, Whistler, BC; Stonington Gallery, Seattle