P-NUT’s Spreading Lowcountry Love

13 Mar

P-NUT’s Spreading Lowcountry Love

“P-Nut’s Legendary Charleston Chronicles”

his Historical Narration & Poetry

Artwalk:Friday, June 7th, 2019, 5 – 8 p.m.



Exhibition: P-NUT “Spreading Lowcountry Love” through July 13th


June 7th, P-Nut’s Charleston Chronicles:

Join us at the gallery, on June 7th from 5:00 – 8:00 p.m., during the Artwalk for an artist-led discussion of the unique and powerful history behind his paintings and a casual poetry reading.  P-Nut will explain the historical narratives behind various works in the exhibition, as well as share original poems which document Charleston’s changing landscape. Chat with the artist himself and learn a bit of local lore!


Outsider Art:

Outsider art is used to describe art that has a naïve quality, often produced by people who have not trained as artists or worked within the conventional structures of art production.  Source: Tate Museum, London

The term outsider art was coined by art critic Roger Cardinal in 1972 as an English synonym for art brut (French:  “raw art” or “rough art”), Source: Wikipedia


Dog and Horse Fine Art is pleased to present Spreading Lowcountry Lovewith Joseph “P-Nut” Johnson.  In this exhibition, he bridges poetry and painting, local flavor and outsider influence, and upper class and working class through charming colloquial sayings and symbols.  Spread the love and the word!

P-Nut, born and raised in Charleston, S.C., has seen the city through devastating lows and unbelievable highs.  At every turn, he has known there to be one thing we need – Lowcountry Love.  The exhibition will include his paintings on cardboard and canvas documenting Charleston’s history.  Some paintings are accompanied by his poems.  A collage of P-Nut’s popular “napkin poetry” will be on view.  The artist will also be available at the reception to write personalized poetry.

At 16, he began writing poems on birthday cards and napkins at popular Ansonborough watering holes like Cumberland’s Bar and Horse & Court.  He captured people instantly with his humor and insight and soon enough, had visitors stopping by the bars just to get a poem from the “Lowcountry Poet.”  After a few memorable years in New York, rubbing shoulders with famous comedians and performing some of his own stand-up comedy, P-Nut returned to Charleston to care for his mother.

Back in his hometown, strolling around the waterfront, P-Nut created enough poetry to have two publications under his belt, his first in the Library of Congress.  In 2017, he launched a new career in the visual arts.  His folk-poetry seamlessly translates into narrative paintings full of spontaneity and life.

In 2018, he had a one-man exhibition and poetry reading at the Charleston Public Library, A P-Nut Party.  He has been featured in Garden & Gun, AfarMagazine, Post & Courier, Charleston Magazine, The City Paper, and The Island Packet.  His clients hail from Mississippi, Texas, Florida, Pennsylvania, Ohio, California and South America.

Please call 843-577-5500 for a private visit at P-Nut’s studio. 

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