Touchstone Gallery Presents Tribute to Tim Johnson

By Editorial Team on October 19, 2021
Tim Johnson, Quiet Reflection: Theo on a visit to Arles, Acrylic on canvas 30″x40″
On View: October 15 – October 31, 2021

Touchstone Gallery is honored to present an exhibition ‘Tribute to Tim Johnson’ from October 15 through October 31, 2021. The show will highlight a selection of his work documenting his journey as a gifted portrait artist, storyteller and member of Touchstone Gallery for 10 years.

Touchstone Gallery closed its physical space in March 2020 due to the Covid-19 pandemic. The gallery continued to operate online with virtual monthly exhibits, Zoom opening receptions and Instagram artist talks. Touchstone renovated and reconfigured the layout of its street level gallery space and is reopening 18 months later.

Sadly, Tim passed away in December of last year.

Tim relished the outlandish and the unpredictable. This was obvious in his last solo show at Touchstone, in October 2019, ‘Fables of Decapitation: I Knew I Would Die a Long Time Ago.’ As a technician he was at the pinnacle of his artistic skill. He mastered recreating flesh and musculature in a painterly, yet controlled manner. He loved dazzling color and was not afraid to go big. His handmade frames, reflecting his daytime profession, added whimsy and brilliance to each work.

A recipient of a 2014 fellowship grant from the DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities, Tim used friends, colleagues and himself as models in his paintings. Over the years his paintings delighted viewers with subtle symbolism, humor and knowledge of fables, myths, and the Bible. This is the legacy that Tim Johnson, a longtime local and beloved artist, left to us.

‘Tribute to Tim Johnson’ is open to viewers during current gallery hours, Friday through Sunday from 12 to 5 pm.

Artwork sales proceeds will go to Touchstone Foundation for the Arts (TFA), a nonprofit tax-exempt 501(c)(3) organization created by the artists of Touchstone Gallery in order to increase their engagement with the community around them. The Foundation creates opportunities for young and emerging artists in our area and offers other programs to engage the wider community and non-traditional artists. The programs of TFA are made possible by the generosity of our friends and supporters. Your contribution is tax deductible to the fullest extent allowable by law. One hundred percent of your contribution supports the work of Touchstone Foundation for the Arts.

Masks are required inside the gallery.

Touchstone Gallery is located at 901 New York Avenue NW.