Member artist, Jane Yohnson is based in Seattle.  Her work’s surreal and nightmarish element is deepened by living in Washington’s rugged and forlorn terrain. Yohnson’s affinity for graphic books has influenced her to create
compositions with strong narratives. Characters drawn with simple,
clean lines are conscious of its existence in her tale. Some of the themes are about being confined, chased, abandoned, and revisiting pre-adolescent fears.  Although her
paintings appear quaint, they are both innocent and dark.  Lynchian tales unfold…


Although she has no formal artistic background, the innate influence from her parents, have proved her ability to create compositions through her own visual language.  Currently her work is exhibited at Stumptown Coffee Roasters in Portland.  Her other solo shows were held at Velouria, Seattle, and Cupcake Royale, Seattle.  She was also inlcuded in group shows at Cupcake Royale Madrona, Seattle; Brooklyn Art Project, Brooklyn, New York, and at 20Twenty, Seattle.

For more information on Jane’s work please visit her member site,

Image Featured (top):  "Old Ballard Fashion", 2007, ink and gouache on newsprint and arches paper , 9" x 12".

Image Featured (bottom):  "I was a Prime Number", 2007, ink and acrylic on cambric, 24" x 36".

Posted by Joyce Manalo, Brooklyn Art Project Blog Editor and founder of ArtForward.

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