Abound: New Paintings by Teddy Johnson

Curated by John Lee Matney 

Opening Reception: Saturday, February 16, 2018, 5-8pm

”THROUGHOUT MOST OF THESE WORKS, HANDS SEARCH, CLIMB, EMBRACE, PUSH FORWARD, AND FALL BACK, BOTH TOGETHER AND SEPARATELY. THEY INTERWEAVE ACROSS THE PICTURE PLANE THROUGH A SPACE THAT IS HINTED AT OR IMAGINED”

TEDDY JOHNSON, 2018

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Statement:

For me, painting is a way to find a personal center in a place where the present, past, and future co-mingle. Painting is a mechanism for processing and meditating on systems, while responding to immediate and far-flung surroundings. It is also a way to imagine, construct, and recollect. Human experience and history are ongoing inspirations for my work.

Ideas of Realization, Struggle, Birth, and Rebirth, inform the works presented.  

Throughout most of these works, hands search, climb, embrace, push forward, and fall back, both together and separately. They interweave across the picture plane through a space that is hinted at or imagined. 


Some of the works use paper as an observed setting. Collected ephemera and detritus such as Bingo cards act as the raw materials of assemblages, which I observe and interpret through oil paint and brush. These compositions of ephemera and everyday detritus jumble and layer about the picture plane, alternately revealing and obscuring.
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The Linda Matney Gallery is dedicated to curating and developing innovative exhibitions and collections showcasing painting, drawing, photography, sculpture, installation, video and performance for audiences and private patrons in Virginia and elsewhere.

“The primary concern of The Linda Matney Gallery is to exhibit the work and ideas of the most significant artists of our time."   John  Lee Matney and  Paul Thomas, 2010 .

Named after Linda Matney, who lost her battle with cancer in 2001, John Lee Matney and the Matney Family have established a research based contemporary gallery that develops thematic group shows and collaborative art projects with international and American artists in Virginia and elsewhere. We specializes in curating services for museum exhibitions, corporate exhibits, staging projects, and private collections. We are exclusive agents in Virginia of the deeper catalogues of select contemporary artists which we showcase in special previews of new and newly available work at our exhibition venues or via private consultations.