Angela Johal’s geometric paintings are reflective of the formal aspects of mid-century hard-edge painting, embracing the excitement and chromatic dynamism of the color field and Op artists. Yet Johal also views her artistic practice as standing in contrast to both the minimalist artists of the sixties, who sought to eliminate the artist’s hand, and current trends towards increasing digitalization, which she views as impersonal and detached.
Johal uses a degree of intuition to create what she considers “random” color combinations in preparatory color-pencil sketches before she embarks on the meditative, intimate, and tactile process of painting with brush in hand.
She is fascinated by the way tonal shifts create a sense of depth, without falling into illusionism. Johal writes, “I want my paintings to breathe using simple, geometric shapes that suggest the infinite, for them to be viscerally understood by all, and to explore formalism without sacrificing personal style.”
Angela Johal holds a BFA in Painting from San Jose State University and is represented by SLATE contemporary in Oakland. Her work has been exhibited in numerous solo and group exhibitions in venues throughout the Bay Area.