Cementerio de Belleza – 2023, Mixed media painting on canvas

March 25-May 27, 2023

Depictions of Panama

Tyrone Johnson-Neuland’s exhibit on display at the Cayuga Museum is inspired by his travels to Panama, exploring the country’s diverse urban, rural, and coastal landscapes. Neuland explores these landforms through vibrant expressionistic paintings. His work in the Schweinfurth takes a different approach and will be a range of figurative to pure abstract paintings depicting an internal battle between the chaotic vs the introspective made with acrylic, latex, and aerosol paints.

Tyrone Johnson-Neuland is the first of two artists whose work will be on display as part of the CNY Emerging Artist Project, a joint exhibition shared in both the Cayuga Museum of History and Art and the Schweinfurth Art Center. Joint passes for access to both museums are available for purchase at both sites.

About the Artist

Oswego-based artist Tyrone Johnson-Neuland has been creating art for 35-plus years. Tyrone received his Bachelor of Fine Arts from Syracuse University in 1990 and a Master of Arts from SUNY Oswego in 1999. He is currently the Assistant Director of Instructional Technologies at SUNY Oswego. His work has been exhibited throughout New York, as well as, in national shows in Philadelphia and Chicago. Tyrone’s expressionistic paintings are developed from personal and emotional feelings that are sparked by the day-to-day experiences of a father, husband, employee, son, and general spectator of the modern world.

Artist Statement

My paintings follow very much in the long-established tradition of the Expressionists, using an intensity of color and gestural brushstrokes to portray the strength of feeling and emotion. The subject matters vary from figurative to abstract but always with an exploration of spatial, social, or self-awareness. I will use any paint medium that is at my disposal and thrive on what can be unexpected results. The process is always a battle of the chaotic vs the introspective. We all have different coping skills and those influence how we think and react to our daily trials and tribulations. My art allows me the opportunity to challenge and question myself while searching for clarity in my existence in today’s world.

Artist’s Talk

Johnson-Neuland gave an artist talk at 5:30 p.m. Friday, April 7, during First Friday festivities. The talk began at the Schweinfurth, then moved to the Cayuga Museum.

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