Author: Perry

Arts & Culture Alliance 2018

In the 12th year of this national exhibition, juror Dorothy Habel chose 47 works from well over 400 entries. My painting, Randy was selected and will be on view February 3-24, 2017 at the Emporium Center, Knoxville, TN. From the press release: The dates for the National Juried Exhibition are February 2-23, 2018 with a […]

Brutal Beauty

For over 30 years, the Lexington Art League has continued to push the boundaries beyond the traditional ‘figure exhibition’ toward a deeper exploration of the human experience and form. Stripped down and back to it’s most bare, The Nude: Brutal Beauty is an exhibition of the human figure that speaks to our innermost instincts that […]


These paintings will be exhibited as a diptych at East Hawai‘i Cultural Center. From the prospectus: “As humans we live in a world full of “things.” There are so many objects surrounding us that overshadow our sense of uniqueness and our ability to marvel at the world as it vanishes in our everyday routine….“The extraordinary […]

A Laugh, a Smirk, or a Snicker

From the exhibition literature: Humor can break barriers. It can change our perspective and make us receptive to new ideas. Humor helps us to communicate our message, and in doing so humor connects us. Because of this, there are many different ways to express and experience humor. Florence Quater Gallery at Southwest University of Visual […]

From These Hills 2017

From the exhibition literature: William King Museum of Art continues to celebrate the diversity of regional artistic talent with its biennial exhibition, From These Hills: Contemporary Art in the Southern Appalachian Highlands, a major exhibition of new works by artists working in all media in Southwest Virginia, Northeast Tennessee, Western North Carolina, Southern West Virginia, […]

Tell Me a Story

Three of my paintings have been juried into an exhibition at Foundry Arts Center in St. Charles, Missouri. Update: Counter Fitting awarded Honorable Mention. Narrative art appears throughout the history of humanity as a catalog of experiences across all cultures. Whether implied or spelled out, many artworks have epic tales to tell despite the limited […]

Electric Printmaking Workshop

This is a one day intaglio process workshop. Instead of toxic acids, we will be using very low voltage DC current to etch copper plates. The workshop will be May 13th from 10am-1pm. Please contact me or visit for more info.

Small Works 2016

Small Works 2016 is a national juried exhibition of small works (12 inches or smaller in any direction). Open to artists working in all media excluding video/sound and installation art. Juror: Bleu Cease, Executive Director/Curator of Rochester Contemporary Art Center (RoCo) in Rochester, NY. Exhibition Dates: December 3, 2016-January 6, 2017 Opening Reception: Saturday, December […]

Mapping the Cosmos

Mapping the Cosmos

Mapping the Cosmos: Jan Hurt and a Constellation of Artists Opening Reception First Thursday, February 5 from 6-8 p.m. February 6 – May 17, 2015 United Company Contemporary Regional Gallery William King Museum of Art Each artist selected a heavenly body at random. I chose Gemini, the twins Castor and Pollux.

TenYear Review Retrospective

Twenty-five paintings spanning ten years will be exhibited during Bristol’s Art D’Vine art walk which coincides with Border Bash on Friday June 20, 2014. The reception will run from 6:00pm to 9:00pm. If you’re unable to make the opening, schedule a viewing with the artist. The location is the former Hayes Furniture building – 801 […]

At the Moment

The Department of Art & Design and Slocumb Galleries present AT THE MOMENT Photography and Abstraction As Bridge To Figuration Featuring Leila Cartier, Sam Morrow, Anna Nenonen, Perry Johnson, Jenny Snead, and Marvin Tadlock June 19 to July 12, 2013, at the Slocumb Galleries Reception: July 2, Tuesday, from 5 to 7 p.m.

Prometheus Band

Jonesborough Juried Show 2013

From the prospectus: The Exhibition was developed to provide artists an opportunity to compete and showcase their artwork on a national level. Approximately 60-75 traditional and non-traditional works will comprise the exhibition at the McKinney Center at Booker T. Washington School in Jonesborough, Tennessee. The exhibition will run May 24th through June 14th.

No Limits

This exhibition will showcase some of the most exceptional young artists working in the region today, as well as longtime practitioners who continuously push the limits of their own artistic vision. The exhibition will run from April 9 through June 8, 2013. The Appalachian Arts Center is open Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday from 12:00-6:00 pm., […]


I bought few small chunks of catlinite to see if I could pulverize it for pigment. Its not fast going yet but I’m working on a contraption to automate the process.

Diamond G Turpentine

Great Turpentine

I keep a little turpentine around for aromatherapy. I pop the top and take a hit, er I mean whiff. I don’t do that with everyday hardware store turp though. The smell is just awful. Art supply turpentine can be hit or miss too but Utrecht and W&N are the ones I’d usually get and […]

Honorable Menschen

Honorable Menschen

I often consider a lengthy explanation of a painting, but it’s usually like explaining the punchline of a joke. First, let’s get this out of the way: Nietzsche’s writings were co-opted and twisted by his sister and the Nazis, so he gets a bad rap. The Übermensch (Overman or Superman) is often tied to a […]

Tramp l'oil

Dogwood Arts Festival 2013

My painting Tramp l’oil will be included in this year’s Dogwood Arts Festival. Here’s a bit about the show from their website: The finest progressive artists of our region will showcase their work in the Regional Fine Art Exhibition! Fine art encompassing all styles and genres from both emerging and established artists will be selected […]

Girl With a Pearl Earring

Dutch Art, Patrons, and Markets

I’ve been selected to study Dutch art at the High Museum this summer! Here’s a summary from the Council of Independent Colleges prospectus: A rare traveling exhibition of masterpieces of Dutch Golden Age paintings featuring works by Vermeer, Hals, Rembrandt, and others will visit the United States in 2013, while the collection’s home at the […]

Rizzmataz Basil Pesto

A friend phoned me up the other day asking if I’d like some basil from her garden. “Of course!”, I said, thinking I’d save myself the guilt of plucking a few leaves here and there. I plucked the small tree she gave me and made these few jars of pesto I’ve called Rizzmataz. Thanks to […]

Well Heeled

Faculty Show 2012

The annual faculty show is a chance to show what we’ve been working on over the summer. It’s proof to students that their profs are worthy to teach them. This year, Within an hour or so of taking the work down from the William King Museum show, I had a subset of those paintings hanging […]

Well Heeled

Well Heeled

The stretcher frame for this canvas came from Tedd Blevins and I knew the subject I would paint upon it had to be at least a little lascivious. After I had decided on the composition, I remembered a strip club story told in the parking lot after Tedd’s funeral, for it was too lewd to […]

oil - 50x62 inches

Holding a Balance

oil – 50×62 inches I’ve always had a thing for Flemish still life, almost a dirty little secret for a painter of the modern age. Such decadently illustrative paintings may seem superfluous to the contemporary eye. Johannes Vermeer’s work has a modern simplicity, allowing the viewer to focus on the figure. Vermeer’s painting of a […]

Tramp l'oil

Tramp l’oil

People often get tattoos in order to feel unique, owning the bodies they were born into without choice. Selecting a generic design from a book however, seems to only reinforce conformity.

Seat Yourself - detail

Seat Yourself

A private conversation in a public place was the prompt for this painting. The cropped exit sign, broken Dos Equis bottle, table and chair legs, and more subtle hints throughout, all give hints as to the topic of this conversation.

Welcome Back to the Future

The 2011-12 school year will begin with the exhibition, “Welcome Back, To the Future,” showcasing work by Virginia Intermont’s esteemed art faculty. An array of photography, painting, and sculpture will be on display in the main and photography galleries of the Anne R. Worrell Fine Arts Center on campus.


Opening Feb. 26: “Blend: Emory & Henry Art Faculty Biennial 2011” will be on view in The 1912 Gallery through April 2. Two of my paintings are on view. Consumption of the Virgin and Across the River Same.

Self Portrait at 34

Self Portrait at 34

This was yesterday’s painting; I thought I’d whip out a self portrait before my birthday. I pulled out some colors I don’t usually use, starting with Green Earth and some Cobalt Violet Light, Stil de Grain, Lapis Lazuli. All of these were low tinting strength.

Lincolnshower Park

Just the other day, I went out to paint for a bit at Lincolnshire Park in Tazewell, VA. Of course, being ill prepared and perhaps ill advised, I was caught in a rain shower. At first, there were just a few drops and I continued painting – oil and water don’t mix, right? I did […]

Brian Coryell’s Lighting Assignment

A tripod composite using only one light source. The light source that was used was a 800 watt Alien Bee strobe setup. I also used a snoot which I attached to the front of strobe unit to control the size of my light source. Rather than having a tremendous amount of spill light, a snoot […]

Trade Show

Every year, Cheap Joe’s Art Stuff sponsors a trade show in Boone, NC. I’ve never been to such an event and Boone isn’t that far away so I went to the show this year. Overall, it was a good show but the selection and prices weren’t as great as I’d hoped. I think “Cheap” Joe […]

Still Life with Fountain

ATOM – Millennium Centre

Having been awarded Best in Show at last year’s Bank Show, I had a solo show at the Millennium Centre as part of the award. This conveniently coincided with my MFA exhibition – And This, Our Measure. UPDATE: One of my paintings, Still Life with Fountain was censored on Tuesday by Sodexho, the company that […]