Flinn Gallery Opens ‘Animal Attraction’ Exhibition


“Spot”, Oil on canvas.

The Flinn Gallery presents ‘Heidi Johnson, Animal Attraction’ opening November 5 for in-person and virtual viewing. The animal species and objects of Heidi Johnson’s surreal worlds inhabit large, vivid canvases. Johnson entertains the viewer by painting domesticated pets alongside exotic animal species while contrasting 17thC Dutch Still Life flowers with modern artists’ abstract works. Her playful oil paintings layer ideas, flatten dimensions, and compress time.

Heidi Johnson describes growing up with creatures large and small in the countryside of Massachusetts. Just months ago, after 25 years of living in the South Bronx and New York City, Johnson traded her artist loft for a Victorian home and the green pastures of Patterson, NY. She holds a BFA from Tufts University and a diploma from The School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, where she was awarded the Traveling Scholar prize among other several prestigious awards. Johnson exhibits widely in the US and internationally: Sweden, Norway, Australia, and Canada, and her artworks are held in numerous private and public collections.

Originally planned for last April, Heidi Johnson, Animal Attraction was postponed due to the Covid-19 pandemic. During lockdown, Johnson painted everyday resulting in many never seen before paintings. The exhibition runs from November 5, 2020 – January 6, 2021 and is co-curated by Flinn Gallery Committee members, Ellen Hawley and Karen Sheer. Over the duration of the exhibition, the Flinn Gallery in-person experience offers visitors augmented reality videos of Johnson’s studio and process, as well as many digital presentations including a 360-degree virtual view of the Flinn Gallery installation, and an artist’s studio video series called, “What’s on your easel?”

Call (203) 622-7947 for Gallery access and visit: flinngallery.com to confirm hours and to learn more about the artwork by Heidi Johnson.

The Flinn Gallery is located on the second floor of the Greenwich Library, 101 West Putnam Ave. and is currently open Tuesday-Saturdays between 11AM-3PM, with COVID-19 guidelines in effect.

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