Bigfork · Tucson · Whitefish
The youngest of 16, Tyrel Johnson grew up watching his father and siblings sculpt and working on castings at his father’s foundry. His destiny as a maker now plays out in bronze, stone, and wood in his studio in Billings, Montana. Whether he’s sculpting a life-size lynx or a miniscule kingfisher, a sense of story informs his precise and poetic designs. Undivided Love portrays a horse nuzzling a girl; Gratitude, a buffalo humbly accepting the thankfulness of a Native American woman draped in his robe; Continuance of Action, a Shire horse making slow incremental progress pulling his load. His creative goal is to reach the viewer in a meaningful way and to fulfill a positive purpose in their home.