Emma Stone-Johnson: Elegant Complexity

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Emma Stone-Johnson: Elegant Complexity

London

Emma Stone-Johnson: Elegant Complexity
to Sun 26 Sep 2021
Mon-Sat 10am-6pm

Pontone Gallery presents a collection of paintings by British artist Emma Stone-Johnson. Elegant Complexity marks Stone-Johnson’s debut exhibition in London and her first with Pontone Gallery.

Artworks

KISSED INTO TRANSLUCENCE, 2021

Pigment, ink and acrylic on canvas
200 x 150 cm 78.7 x 59 in

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SUNLIGHT IS ON MY TONGUE, 2021

Pigment, ink and acrylic on canvas
180 x 180 cm 70.9 x 70.9 in

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DELICATE THUDS, 2021

Pigment, ink, oil and acrylic on canvas
130 x 110 cm 51.2 x 43.3 in

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THE BLUEPRINT OF TIME, 2021

Pigment, ink & acrylic on canvas
120 x 80 cm 47.2 x 31.5 in

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PRIMAVESI, 2021

Pigment, ink and acrylic on canvas
130 x 110 cm 51.2 x 43.3 in

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BANG BANG GUSTAV, 2021

Pigment, ink and acrylic on canvas
120 x 110 cm 47.2 x 43.3 in

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PIANO HIGH C AND G, LIKE THE LIGHT SWITCH. FLICK., 2021

Pigment, ink and acrylic on canvas
200 x 165 cm 78.7 x 65 in

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THE STAGE FLOOR WAS EVERY COLOUR, 2021

Oil, pigment, ink and acrylic on canvas
130 x 110 cm 51.2 x 43.3 in

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ELPHABA, 2021

Pigment, ink and acrylic on canvas
200 x 165 cm 78.7 x 65 in

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Born in 1982, British artist Emma Stone-Johnson works in oil, acrylic, pigment and ink on canvas to investigate abstraction with a subtle, liquid palette of diffuse and tonal colour. Her lyrical handling and delicacy of controlled touch makes for pictures which are complex networks of sinuous and dynamically gestural marks.

Cool hues of blue, green and optical grey are combined with purples, pinks and tangerines. The occasional, densely-concentrated red, blue or white stripe pings off the surface. Colour harmonies compliment and contrast each other to produce a vibrant effect. Smudges, pools and elliptical trails of paint pulse and throb as they wind and meander across the surface of the picture plane. One mark begets another. The work is a process of layering and accretion in response to what went before. The pictures are games of consequences, networks of interaction and suggestion. They play with the formal arrangements of abstraction.

Stone-Johnson’s pictures are products of a rigorous studio practice, where technique is quietly deployed for sophisticated and shimmering effect. Her various media are expertly manipulated to bring about the necessary interactions; her colour is not muddy, but clear, her brush marks are not random, but charged and strategically placed. The relationship between the various elements eschews the frenzy of expressionism, in favour of a more detached consideration of aesthetic affect.

Richly seductive, suffused with light and executed with a refined deftness of touch, these images toy and flirt with the eye. Colour, tone, shape, mark and texture glide around each other, constantly re-positioning and adjusting to make images that are forever in flux and motion. Under our gaze the pictures make and re-make themselves in a dance of causality, testament to the painter’s ability to harness her creative imagination to an organising principle.

Courtesy of the artist and Pontone Gallery


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