Trilogy (Part Two) Woman in Black


Claudette Johnson
  • Artwork Details: 152.5 x 122cm
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  • Material description: watercolour, gouache and pastel on paper
  • Credit line: © the artist
  • Theme: Figurative
  • Medium: Painting
  • Accession number: ACC19/1988

About the Artist

Relaxed, powerful and beautiful, Johnson’s oversized portraits demand respect. Her subjects are unconstrained by the boundaries of the canvas, wear deep colours and make unwavering eye contact with the viewer. Johnson describes the women in her paintings as "monoliths, larger than life versions of women".

Whilst studying fine art in Wolverhampton, Johnson became a founder member of the Blk Art Group in 1979 alongside other young black British artists including Sonia BoyceLubaina Himid and Maud Sulter

The group came to be known for artworks that highlighted Britain’s imperial past, institutional racism and the abuse of power.

Taking on European traditions of painterly, psychological portraiture, Johnson’s work deposes the genre’s traditionally male and white gaze. In opposition to the invisibility or objectification of the black female body in the history of art, her sitters are complex, active subjects with rich interior lives.

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