Image: Gallery installation view of mixed media paintings and bronze sculptures by the artist Inez Johnston. Photo by Tim Siegert

On View

Dec 18, 2011 - Jun 17, 2012

Curated By

Michelle Deziel

A painter, sculptor and printmaker, Ynez Johnston’s art offers a world of visual delights. As with miniature Rajput paintings, illuminated manuscripts and Chinese scrolls, Johnston’s imagery is intended for intimate viewing and affords an endless voyage of discovery. Her intricate depictions of royal kingdoms, elaborate cityscapes, mythological creatures, ancient symbols and human forms merge reality with the imaginary and transport viewers to mysterious and enchanting realms.

A Fantastic Voyage – The Art of Ynez Johnston will survey six decades of the artist’s wood and bronze sculptures, paintings, prints and ceramics from the 1940s to 2010, including recent works that have never publicly been shown. This important retrospective is Johnston’s first major exhibition in over ten years, and the only in a San Diego-area museum. Johnston grew up California and earned an MFA from UC Berkeley in 1946. Although she has traveled the world extensively, she has lived and worked in the Los Angeles area since the 1950s. On June 9, 2012 the museum hosted a workshop on painting in wax relief led by Stan Edmondson.