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Ynez Johnston
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Seas of sparkling color and fairytale kingdoms sparkle with dreams of travel and far-away places.  As a child, Ynez Johnston imagined herself a stow-away, or sometimes a 'cabin boy' on a ship traveling into foreign seas. Born in Berkeley in 1920, she was enchanted by the exotic life of Chinatown and the San Francisco Bay Harbor.  She went on to earn an M.F.A. in Byzantine art at the University of California and travel to the Yucatan, India, Nepal and Cambodia.

Ynez Johnston's journeys in art have led to an assimilation of cultures and personal language of buoyant symbols and radiant colors.  Today, at 81, she lives in L.A., and imagines Sighting the Volcano, Tidal Island, and Lunar View in luminous mixtures of wax, casein and acrylic on rice paper, and mythic beasts from slabs of clay cut as wall- reliefs, incised, painted, and glazed.  In intimate illuminations of jigsaw line and aerial perspective, Ynez Johnston creates sand castle fantasies and worlds of adventure.  Her circles of time and streams of life buoy imagination to find hidden treasure.

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