Lyle E. Johnson
A self taught sculptor, Lyle E. Johnson is a complex amalgam of talent and motivation. He enjoys a profound love for his country and its people. Born to a pioneer family on the Ute Reservation in the Uintah Basin country of northeast Utah. His childhood companions were horses and Indian youth. He explored the still wild canyon country of the same rugged region that sheltered Ouray McCook and his mountain Utes.
Herding cattle, stalking wildlife and sketching the world as he went. It wasnít until his tenth year that Lyle discovered modeling clay and began to fashion the subjects of pencil drawings in three dimensions. When Christmas arrived that year, the budding young sculptor asked for only two things under the family tree, a harmonica and a supply of clay.
The imprint made upon Lyle Johnson, the sculptor, by the country of his youth is no more evident than that which shows in Lyle Johnson, the man. Besides four adopted and twelve children of their own (who tend to fill the home with an unrepressed vitality) more than sixty foster children have added another dimension to Johnsonís family life over the years. Many of these special family members have been Navajo, Shoshone, Black feet, Sioux, Cherokee, Karob, Chippewa and Apache children. In nearly every case, a caring relationship has continued long after the children have graduated to the outside world. Lyle and his wife Orilla, have successfully practiced a concern for others in a lifestyle built around family love.
Lyle Johnsonís Studios owe its existence to the concept that art should serve a purpose beyond satisfying manís desire to own, appreciate and collect objects of beauty. The concept is best described by a sentence which is frequently repeated in the organization. ďThe Art of Remembering.Ē
The family of Johnson and Sons in Pryor, Montana, pay more than lip service to the idea that through their attempt to create fine art, people may be reminded of cultural events, parts of Americaís heritage which should not be forgotten.
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