Dog and Horse Fine Art is pleased to present Spreading Lowcountry Love with 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. At that time, 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 show and poetry reading at the Charleston Public Library, A P-Nut Party. He has been featured in Garden & Gun, Afar Magazine, Post & Courier, Charleston Magazine, The City Paper, and The Island Packet. In the 2019 movie Shovels & Rope, he plays the role of the professor. His clients hail from Mississippi, Texas, Florida, Pennsylvania, Ohio, California, and South America.