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MAY 1 - MAY 29, 2021

Kylin Gallery is pleased to present The Geometry of Colour, an exhibition of selected work by Los Angeles-based artist Stephen Robert Johns. Fifteen works selected for the exhibition span from 1972 to 2017, on view May 1 through May 29, 2021. The online exhibition will be available concurrent with the physical show. 


Stephen’s work in this exhibition spans his oeuvre from his beginnings in Los Angeles to the present day. The exhibition is framed by two important sets of works: the first part, after he graduated from Cal Arts / Chouinard Art Institute, comprised of his forays into pure color and static geometry, "I wanted to engage the public with my painting, with large canvases, geometric compositions, and with my interpretation of the Color Wheel, developed by Johannes Itten of the German Bau Haus movement," says Johns. 


And the second, a series of aerial land views, exploring color-field and movement. Aerial views of agriculture provided the topographical subject matter, and irregular geometric patterns integrated within the natural land formations. During the following years traveling to the Mid West, East Coast, Japan & Costa Rica, his interest in capturing the imagery below continued, with a series of drawings becoming models for present & future paintings. 

These paintings frame Stephen’s nearly fifty-year-long, constantly evolving journey into abstract painting, from frenetic, highly energetic works evocative of movement and dance, to formalist studies of the illusionistic and kinetic potential of geometric abstraction. 

Stephen R. Johns (b.1948, Los Angeles; lives and works in Santa Monica and Costa Rica). Stephen studied at Chouinard Art Institute 1967-1970 and Cal Arts 1970-1972. For the past 20 years, Johns has been returning to his studio in Costa Rica each year, inspired by the culture, the landscape and the people, to create his art. His work has been widely collected by clients such as USC, AT&T Los Angeles, Art Front Gallery Tokyo, ARCO Towers Los Angeles, Security Pacific Bank Los Angeles, Hyatt Regency New Orleans and Hotel Monaco Washington DC and many more. 

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Square Series Blue to White to Brown 72x

Square Series Blue to White to Brown, 72x72 inches, Acrylic on Canvas, 1973



S-Curve Series II, 48x48 inches, Acrylic on Canvas 1972

13 Red on Red Series I 36x36_ Acrylic on

Red on Red I, 36x36 inches, Acrylic on Canvas Panel, 1980

18 Piedadis Church III  28x20_ Acrylic o

Piedadis Church Series III, 28 x 20 inches, Acrylic on Canvas, 1999

16 Puntarenas IV 28x20_ Acrylic on Canva

Puntarenas IV, 28x20 inches, Acrylic on Canvas, 1999

Costa Rica Rooftops III 1999 6x4_ W_C on

Costa Rica Rooftops II, 12x14 inches, Watercolor on Paper, 1999

Colon Ginger I 6x4_ W_C on Paper

Costa Rica Ginger, 12x14 inches, Watercolor on Paper, 1999

S-Curve Circle Relief Series 48x48_ Acry

Circle Relief Browns, 72x72 inches, Acrylic on Canvas, 1975

3 Sonora I 48x48_ Acrylic on Canvas 2017

Sonora I, 48x48 inches, Acrylic on Canvas, 2017



Square Series White to Black, 36x36 inches, Acrylic on Canvas, 1976


19 Piedadis Church IV 28x20_ Acrylic on

Piedadis Church Series IV, 28 x 20 inches, Acrylic on Canvas, 1999

17 Puntarenas V 28x20_ Acrylic on Canvas

Puntarenas V, 28x20 inches, Acrylic on Canvas, 1999

Costa Rica Rooftops II 1999 6x4_ W_C on

Costa Rica Rooftops I, 12x14 inches, Watercolor on Paper, 1999

Guatemala City I 1998 4x6_ W_C on Paper

Guatemala City I, 4x6 inches, watercolor on Paper, 1998

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