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YNEZ JOHNSTON   1920 – 2019 

With heavy heart, we confirm the death of Ynez Johnston – dear, sweet, quiet, imaginative, inventive, creative YNEZ JOHNSTON.  In her modest self-effacement, she blossomed with John Berry, her loving and supportive husband.

We’ve been entranced by YNEZ JOHNSTON’s personal narratives and idiosyncratic techniques.  She loved jewel like colors in crating imaginary, romantic, mystic cultures – fantastickingdoms, exotic structures and magical setting that suggest teeing cities, ambiguous landscapes, voluptuous royal trappings, strange animals and improbable vehicles.

In 1951 she moved from Berkeley to Los Angeles to teach at Chouinard Art Institute.  Earning recognition from museums, curators, galleries and collectors internationally, she and John travelled in India and Europe, evident in her etchings, woodcuts, collages, paintings, wood and bronze sculptures.

But – in Los Angeles all these years, she simply spun her fascinating narratives, dazzling me and all.  I miss her stories and the lunches at the Mexican restaurant! 

We all will miss her.

YNEZ JOHNSTON Cosmic Mountain
YNEZ JOHNSTON Cosmic Mountain

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Putting It All Together

Artists use various media, materials, detritus – which become the tools and languages through which to express themselves: watercolors, pencils, charcoal, pigments, pastels, torn paper, board, canvas, objects, plaster, stone, photographs, digital printers, wood, junk, shells, bones, foil, wax,……WAIT A MINUTE!…..JUNK!?!?

 

GORDON WAGNER A Piece of Pieces From the Sea
GORDON WAGNER
A Piece of Pieces From the Sea
GORDON WAGNER 
Shrine Box Assemblage
JULES ENGEL E-5
JULES ENGEL
E-5
JULES ENGEL Aqua Stack
JULES ENGEL
Aqua Stack
GEORGE HERMS Silver Rose
GEORGE HERMS
Silver Rose
GEORGE HERMS Polished Love
GEORGE HERMS
Polished Love
WILLIAM DOLE Sneaky Pete
WILLIAM DOLE
Sneaky Pete
WILLIAM DOLE Proxy
WILLIAM DOLE
Proxy
What’s wrong with picking up a guitar pic, a cracked violin bow, a manuscript, a photograph, a broken comb, a weathered piece of wood, thrown up on the sand by surging waves…and then assembling a free-standing structure or a composition on a sheet of paper or board?….nothing!

THAT is Putting it All Together – creating ‘something’ from ‘nothing’.

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JUNE WAYNE 1918 – 2011

JUNE WAYNE arrived in Los Angeles with prior experience as an artist, as a manager of the Federal Arts Project office in Chicago and with an interest in lithography. She sought out Lynton Kistler’s Lithography Workshop and began a mutual challenge to develop the medium.
JUNE WAYNE The Cavern II
The Cavern II
JUNE WAYNE The Hunter
The Hunter

JUNE WAYNE The Bride
The Bride

JUNE WAYNE The Suitor
The Suitor

JUNE WAYNE The Advocate
The Advocate
JUNE WAYNE The Witnesses I
The Witnesses I
JUNE WAYNE The Witnesses II
The Witnesses II

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JULES ENGEL 1909 – 2003

Jules Engel arrived in Hollywood in mid-1930s. Abstraction, color and architecture were his focus. But then – in order to earn a living – he held a job in commercial animation before he stepped into the production of “Fantasia” at Walt Disney Studios. Animation was the future.

In the 1960s, he painted and made abstract films in Italy and France before returning to Los Angeles to make lithographs at the Tamarind Lithography Workshop and at Gemini Graphics Editions Limited – yes, colorful, abstract and geometric compositions.

Making a major career change in 1970, Jules Engel joined the newly formed California Institute of the Arts(CalArts) as Founding Director of the Department of Experimental Abstract Animation on Film, a position he held until his death.

JULES ENGEL Green Interior
Green Interior
JULES ENGEL E-5
E-5
JULES ENGEL Aqua Stack
Aqua Stack
JULES ENGEL Night City
Night City
JULES ENGEL Pink Rimmed Panel
Pink Rimmed Panel
Jules Engel worked in all media: paintings, drawings, collages, films, sculpture, etchings and lithographs. For this web page we focus upon geometric, abstract collages that reveal ideas fermenting in his creative genius.

We plan to reveal his paintings and drawings in subsequent weeks we but encourage you to visit our website in the meantime!

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Limitless Space

Oskar Fischinger’s passion for motion in space is evident through his ‘hand’ – that is, through his paintings, drawings and films. Fischinger’s imagery doesn’t require ‘moving pictures’ in the usually sense – his imagery ‘moves’ on its own, visually. 

These paintings reveal rhythms that also encompass sound – as in melodies!….not aural as in activation of ear drums…sound as ‘felt’ visually.  Oskar Fischinger’s art is to be LIVED with on a daily basis – to enjoy – to feel the pleasure of music and space.

OSKAR FISCHINGER Grids in Space
Grids in Space
OSKAR FISCHINGER Light Source
Light Source
OSKAR FISCHINGER Deep Space
Deep Space
OSKAR FISCHINGER Abstraction #17
Abstraction #17

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Juxtaposition 

Over these forty years, I had a focus on the art and artists of California 1930s – 1980s. I enjoyed the treasured friendships AND the art of many fine artists. Time is a continuum; they and I are leaving the scene open to ever-new waves of young artists with exciting new expressions and techniques! Open yourselves and enjoy!!!

However, true to form, I still can share in specific imagery and media that identify the 1930s-1980s era and predict the future!!! I’ve always responded to the artists who spot, save, create the ‘new’ from links of the past through assemblage and collage: Gordon Wagner, George Herms, Emerson Woelffer, Michael McMillan, Betye Saar, Werner Drewes, Jules Engel, Basil Langton, William Dole, to name but a few.
Do you respond as I do?

GORDON WAGNER Shrine Box
GORDON WAGNER
Shrine Box
GORDON WAGNER Seven Actors
GORDON WAGNER
Seven Actors
GEORGE HERMS Light My Fuse
GEORGE HERMS
Light My Fuse
GEORGE HERMS Silver Rose
GEORGE HERMS
Silver Rose
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BETYE SAAR Keep for Old 'Memoirs'
BETYE SAAR
Keep for Old ‘Memoirs’
BETYE SAAR The Couple
BETYE SAAR
The Couple
BASIL LANGTON Red Rhythm
BASIL LANGTON Red Rhythm
BASIL LANGTON Boy with Girl I/Boy with Girl II
BASIL LANGTON
Boy with Girl I/Boy with Girl II

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Art to Live With

Helen Lundeberg Feitelson explored many ideas on paper, as shown in these three studies for her “Arcaum” series. We encouraged her to realized that they were “full blown”.
HELEN LUNDEBERG Three Oranges
Three Oranges

15 years later the Print Council at LACMA commissioned her to make a lithograph with Jean Milant at Cirrus for its members.

With her legendary gentle palette she created these iconic images.

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From Germany to Hollywood

1930-60s 


OSKAR FISCHINGER Composition 44

  OSKAR FISCHINGER (1900-1967)
Composition 44  Oil on celotex 1944 
31 1/4 x 38 3/8 in (79.4 x 97.5 cm)

OSKAR FISCHINGER Abstraction #17

OSKAR FISCHINGER (1900-1967)
Abstraction #17  Oil on canvas 1964 CR#654
31 3/4 x 40 in (80.6 x 101.6 cm)

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The Desert Blooms in All Its Glory

CONRAD BUFF Yucca
CONRAD BUFF (1886-1975)
Yucca
Oil on canvas 1930
43 x 34 in (109.1 x 86.3 cm) Signed, lower left

 

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Art Off the Wall

Tobey Moss ‘feels’ art in three dimensions – which is evident in the selected examples here.

 

RUPERT J. DEESE Rope tied Muffin - soft grey matte
RUPERT J. DEESE
Rope tied Muffin
PETER KRASNOW Totemic Figure
PETER KRASNOW
Totemic Figure
HARRISON MCINTOSH Shallow Bowl-Combed Exterior
HARRISON MCINTOSH
Shallow Bowl-Combed Exterior
RUPERT (RUMMY) DEESE’s cuddly ‘Muffin’ and HARRISON (HARRY) MCINTOSH’s lovely shallow footed bowl are fine examples of ceramic art. They are offered side by side with CLAIRE FALKENSTEIN’S ‘Emerald Fusion’ and ‘Pin’, with her signature fusion of metal, molten glass and an agate. Falkenstein uses space, so that whatever garment you wear becomes a part of ‘Pin’!  PETER KRASNOW’s ‘Totemic Figure’ was composed in the 1930s of woods – perhaps from his backyard. He respected the warmth and sensuous qualities of the woods.
SOREL ETROG Maquette: Orfeo
SOREL ETROG
Maquette: Orfeo
CLAIRE FALKENSTEIN <br> Emerald Fusion
CLAIRE FALKENSTEIN
Emerald Fusion
 SOREL ETROG’S bronze maquette commands our understanding of the full scale and massive ‘Orfeo’ bronze.
All in all, these works of art were created to be presented in their own spaces…be it mantel, table, desk or room! Can you imagine your space?
GEORGE HERMS (b.1935) Silver Rose
GEORGE HERMS
Silver Rose
GEORGE HERMS Light My Fuse Copy
GEORGE HERMS
Light My Fuse
GORDON WAGNER A Piece From the Sea
GORDON WAGNER
A Piece From the Sea
GORDON WAGNER’s ‘Piece of Pieces From the Sea’ remind us of Wagner’s early days retrieving flotsam and jetsam from the edge of the Pacific Ocean in Santa Monica, Venice and Manhattan Beach, California.
GEORGE HERMS, one of the ‘youngsters’ who admired Wagner’s irreverent incorporation of materials, is represented here by a couple of humorous examples: ‘Silver Rose’ and ‘Light My Fuse’. They ‘hold their own’, though Herms often filled a room with one of his assemblages!All in all, these works of art were created to be presented in their own spaces…be it mantel, table, desk or room! Can you imagine your space?


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Exposed

“Character” is revealed in a portrait. These faces show hope, confidence, despair and arrogance. What do you see in them?

HERMAN KOFI BAILEY Homework
HERMAN KOFI BAILEY
Homework
WILLIAM PAJAUD Hustler
WILLIAM PAJAUD
Hustler
LUIS ARENAL 'Smiling' Thoroughbred
LUIS ARENAL
‘Smiling’ Thoroughbred
CHARLES WHITE Move on Up a Little Higher
CHARLES WHITE
Move on Up a Little Higher
WILLIAM PAJAUD Chicken Market
WILLIAM PAJAUD
Chicken Market
JIM DINE Dine in Black Grease
JIM DINE
Dine in Black Grease
OSKAR KOKOSCHKA Self Portrait
OSKAR KOKOSCHKA
Self Portrait


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SPACE

Look around you! Do you FEEL the space, the embracing structure, the architect’s creativity?

These artists capture space in their conceptual compositions.
ILYA BOLOTOWSKY Oval
ILYA BOLOTOWSKY
Oval
HELEN LUNDEBERG Arches IV
HELEN LUNDEBERG
Arches IV
GRACE CLEMENTS Architectural Elements
GRACE CLEMENTS
Architectural Elements
DAVID P. LEVINE Skylights and Rooftops
DAVID P. LEVINE
Skylights and Rooftops
LYND WARD Evening Walk
LYND WARD
Evening Walk
NORMAN SCHWAB Trei Montana
NORMAN SCHWAB
Trei Montana
BRUCE BARNBAUM Beneath the Santa Monica Pier
BRUCE BARNBAUM
Beneath the Santa Monica Pier
EUGENE BERMAN Nocturnal Cathedral
EUGENE BERMAN
Nocturnal Cathedral

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CREATIVITY

The Naked Face

It has often been said that a face reveals character. I don’t believe it! because I’ve met some accomplished dissemblers. These faces reveal stoicism, boredom, confidence, hopelessness, joy ..and perhaps YOU see something more.

JEAN CHARLOT Indian Man
JEAN CHARLOT
Indian Man
BEATRICE WOOD Lovers
BEATRICE WOOD
Lovers
LEOPOLDO MENDEZ Bandito
LEOPOLDO MENDEZ Bandito
MARIA LUISA MARTIN Smiling Girl
MARIA LUISA MARTIN Smiling Girl
LUIS ARENAL ZAPATA - TIERRA Y LIBERTAD
LUIS ARENAL
ZAPATA – TIERRA Y LIBERTAD*
CELIA CALDERON Nina China
CELIA CALDERON
Nina China
JOHN LANGLEY HOWARD Working Woman
JOHN LANGLEY HOWARD
Working Woman
BEATRICE WOOD Mama's Boy
BEATRICE WOOD
Mama’s Boy
RAUL ANGUIANO Istmena
RAUL ANGUIANO ,br> Istmena
I invited you to consider some ‘faces’ from my collection I offer to transfer to yours – personality analysis not included!

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CREATIVITY

JAMES STROMBOTNE Ice Cream Cone
JAMES STROMBOTNE Ice Cream Cone
FRANK E. ROMERO Palm Drive-In
FRANK E. ROMERO Palm Drive-In
There are so many wonderful pieces of art in my collection! I decided to share with you examples that have given me pleasure over the years.

This art, of course, was created here in California by California artists whose art has achieved national and international respect.

EMERSON WOELFFER Two Figures
EMERSON WOELFFER Two Figures
ROGER HERMAN Field Workers
ROGER HERMAN Field Workers

 


REVEALING

MATSUMI KANEMITSU Homage to Henry Seldis II
MATSUMI KANEMITSU Homage to Henry Seldis II
SAM FRANCIS Untitled SF-211
SAM FRANCIS Untitled SF-211

 

There are so many wonderful pieces of art in my collection! I decided to share with you
examples that have given me pleasure over the years.This art, of course, was created here in California by California artists
whose art has achieved national and international respect.
EMERSON WOELFFER Tri-Color
EMERSON WOELFFER Tri-Color
YNEZ JOHNSTON Tribal Coast
YNEZ JOHNSTON Tribal Coast

 


Fertile Imagination

NICHOLAS P. BRIGANTE Shifting Tide: Winds and Mists of Point Sur
NICHOLAS P. BRIGANTE
Shifting Tide
LEE MULLICAN Bacchus in the Garden
LEE MULLICAN
Bacchus in the Garden
Beginning now (with European, Asian, Latin pieces), I’ll mount successive website offerings and hope that – as you bring them into your homes – you will enjoy them as much as I have.
JOHN ALTOON Untitled T.2180
JOHN ALTOON Untitled T.2180
JOSE BEDIA Extrana Satisfaccion
JOSE BEDIA Extrana Satisfaccion

From 1971 – 1977, before I opened the Tobey C. Moss Gallery in 1978, I worked (and learned) at Zeitlin & Ver Brugge, at LACMA, and at Stephen White’s Gallery of Photography. I was fortunate to always be in an encouraging environment – to find mentors at the Docents of LACMA, with Jake Zeitlin and with Stephen White. Every day I ‘grew’; every day was interesting to me; every day I was happy in meeting new art, new collectors, new curators and directors.

As a result, I acquired for the Gallery the art that appealed to me. Today, I still enjoy that wonderful art but – “It’s time, the Walrus said”…….. to quote from Lewis Carroll’s “Alice in Wonderland”, for me to share my closeted art with others….with you.

Relationships

JOSE LUIS CUEVAS Borgia
JOSE LUIS CUEVAS Borgia
KENNETH ARMITAGE Seated Figures
KENNETH ARMITAGE Seated Figures

 

Beginning now (with European, Asian, Latin pieces), I’ll mount successive website offerings and hope that – as you bring them into your homes – you will enjoy them as much as I have.

 

Today’s offerings are based upon Relationships – between figures, forms or subjects. Jose Luis Cuevas gives us the notorious members of the Borgia family – so prominent in 15th century Italy leadership-through-murder politics….blatant cruelties with seemingly benign countenances. We continue with Kenneth Armitage’s blended figures , Jacques Lipshitz’s variations on the theme of his sculpture and Henry Moore’s serial figuration for three dimensions.

HENRY MOORE Thirteen Standing Figures
HENRY MOORE Thirteen Standing Figures
JACQUES LIPCHITZ Tree of Life (Wine)
JACQUES LIPCHITZ Tree of Life (Wine)

 

From 1971 – 1977, before I opened the Tobey C. Moss Gallery in 1978, I worked (and learned) at Zeitlin & Ver Brugge, at LACMA, and at Stephen White’s Gallery of Photography. I was fortunate to always be in an encouraging environment – to find mentors at the Docents of LACMA, with Jake Zeitlin and with Stephen White. Every day I ‘grew’; every day was interesting to me; every day I was happy in meeting new art, new collectors, new curators and directors.

 

As a result, I acquired for the Gallery the art that appealed to me. Today, I still enjoy that wonderful art but – “It’s time, the Walrus said”…….. to quote from Lewis Carroll’s “Alice in Wonderland”, for me to share my closeted art with others….with you.

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