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BUFFIE JOHNSON PAINTINGS FOR SALE

FROM THE NUMBERING SERIES

1989-1990s


(ALL PAINTINGS ARE OIL ON LINEN)

  1. (1)Buffie Johnson, From the artist’s Archives, © by Jenny Johnson Sykes.  The full Artist’s Statement, which appears in its entirety at the end of Tracy Boyd’s “From the Very Beginning . . .”  on this website, is scheduled to be published in Marika Herskovic, Editor.  American Abstract and Figurative Expressionism: Style Is Timely Art is Timeless. An Illiustrated Survey with Artists’ Statements, Artwork and Biographies. (New York, New Jersey: New York School Press, 2009).  [Editor’s Note: Now available at <www.nyschoolpress.com>]

  2. (2) Statement from the artist’s Archives © by Jenny Johnson Sykes.

  3. (3) Statement from the artist’s Archives © by Jenny Johnson Sykes.

  4. (4) Cooper, J. C.  An Illustrated Encyclopedia of Traditional Symbols. (London: Thames and Hudson,            

       1978), “Numbers”, page 113.  The author examines this subject at length. See pages 113-120.

  1. (5) Statement from the artist’s Archives © by Jenny Johnson Sykes.

  2. (6) Statement from the artist’s Archives © by Jenny Johnson Sykes.

  3. (7) Artist’s Statement for “Buffie Johnson: The Numbering Series” at Cardiff House, University of       

      California at Santa Cruz, March 1991.

BUFFIE JOHNSON,

FOUR, 1990.

29” X 28”

BUFFIE JOHNSON,

FOUR, 1993.

24” X 34”

When my eyesight began to fail and I could no longer see the minute detail of my subjects, I returned to abstraction.  This was to be my final period, which I called ‘The Numbering Series’. (1)

The apparent minimal austerity of the imagery emulates the geometric simplicity of sacred Tantric art whose meanings are complex. (2)

The red and black cosmic orbs that float on a very excited ground of blue are intended to show the power that arises from zero, or Chaos, at the beginning of creation. (3)

BUFFIE JOHNSON,

FOUR, 1993.

84” X 108” [N/A]

BUFFIE JOHNSON,

SQUARE  FOUR, 1994.

22” X 24”

In many traditions . . . number is a fundamental principle from which the whole objective world proceeds; it is the origin of all things and the underlying harmony of the universe.” (4)

BUFFIE JOHNSON,

THIRTEEN, 1992.

68” X 82” [N/A]

A drama of the sexes is played out between the black, which symbolizes the ancient feminine wisdom, and the red, which stands for the masculine driving power that plants the seed. (5)

BUFFIE JOHNSON,

SIXTEEN (TANGER), 1991.

24” X 30” [N/A]

The paintings are numbered from zero to twenty-two, a reflection of the cards in the major arcana of the Tarot deck, which is said to contain all of the wisdom of the world.” (6)

BUFFIE JOHNSON,

TWENTY-TWO, 1990.

23” X 24”

As Einstein has shown, numbers are a storehouse of profound ideas. Numbers count and measure, yet are not merely quantitative; they also make qualitative statements which represent a mysterious middle way between myth and reality.  Since they belong to two worlds, they form a necessary bridge between the outer world and the inner world.” (7)

NOTES ON THE QUOTATIONS FOR THE NUMBERING SERIES:

BUFFIE JOHNSON,

FOUR, 1990.

9” X 10”