(Louisville, KY) The411 with Sherlene Shanklin: Art is a sign of expression and expression is a symbol of emotion. Some of the top artist in the world come from France but this week a man from Lexington, Kentucky will give them a taste of the Bluegrass. I’m not talking food, nor bourbon that the Commonwealth is known for but abstract, free-flowing and vibrant colors created by artist Mark Lenn Johnson.
The Glassmaker, abstract painter and creative photographer have been invited by Ava Galleria to participate in their art fair with international exhibitions in Paris, France. Visitors from all over the world will get to see the Kentucky native’s creative photography October 21 through the 23rd at the Carrousel du Louvre, Paris where several images from Johnson’s Fountainfalls series will be on exhibit. Gallery owners, as well as the general public, may purchase them to add to their collections.
Mark’s love of color and glass allows his creative juices to bloom into beautiful works of art. His eye for detail is the inspiration behind his latest works as he invites you behind the lens to capture something as simple as a beautiful water drop and then encourages you to visualize the captured image which is free-flowing, colorful, vibrant and soul stirring.
Johnson says “Art has been a part of my life as long as I can remember. Every artist hopes that their work is seen and appreciated on the biggest stages and now I can say one of my dreams have come true. Paris art galleries are among those that set the standard for the world so to have them invite me is an honor and a very surreal feeling. It’s humbling and I don’t take that for granted. I'm very honored that my artwork is now being recognized".
When Johnson returns to the states he will be a part of the Kentucky Invitational Art Exhibit hosted by Eastern Kentucky University's Center for the Arts in Richmond Kentucky. You can see Johnson’s work through December 31.
To learn more about Mark Lenn Johnson, his Fountainfalls series and his other artwork go to www.marklennjohnson.com.
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