Artist Jonelle Johnson

An example of fine art by Jonelle Johnson

Photo of Jonelle Johnson
  • FASO Artist Website: http://www.jonellejohnsonart.com

  • Year Born: 1945

  • MFA in Painting and Drawing

  • Assist to Marsha Bartholme, Master Printer at Beta Press, Seattle WA

  • Price Range: $150.00 - $3,500.00
    (This price range was estimated with limited info and may be inaccurate)



There are a variety of reasons why printmaking is Jonelle’s prime medium. One reason is that printmaking slows down the creative process. As the artist prepares plates and paper to run through the press, she has time to contemplate what comes next. There is time for images to be digested and decisions can be made. Making monoprints offers opportunities for spontaneous expression. A printmaker can make fresh images because marks or shapes can be easily wiped away from the plate when changes are needed. Many images are not preconceived, but present themselves simply because of the nature of transferring ink from plate to paper. Jonelle uses these unexpected images to build on and develop. The backgrounds in her work consist of multiple layers of thinned, transparent, oil based ink, poured on the printing plate. She waits until solvents are evaporated from the plate and then prints one layer at a time.
The calligraphy in the work is sometimes frenetic, sometimes fluid.  It exists in abstract elements that are meant to embody a buzz in our consciousness, a pulse that is a connection to things beyond understanding.  The energetic movement of the calligraphy and the abstraction sometimes suggests an underlying vibration that characterizes life.  Birds' high speed metabolism are expressed in their attitudes as they peck, flicker and swoop creating a frenetic action.  Their intricacies shine a light on how details complete our perception, reminding us of the natural world in this digital society.   The challenge is to integrate realistic bird forms into an abstract environment. They exist among the calligraphic marks and sometimes are camouflaged within the color and lines. Preferably, they become part of the calligraphic flow.
The relationship between Jonelle’s watercolors and her prints is the transparency of both. The process of creating a watercolor is basically the same as in [...]

Read the rest of this bio on the artist's website >>

Content Copyright - Jonelle Johnson Fine Art