ELLEN NOEL ART MUSEUM
4909 E. University Blvd.
Odessa, TX 79762
J. Lee Johnson, Jr., 1961 Egg tempera on canvas
Portrait of Jay Lee Johnson, Jr. sitting at his desk with a painting in the background.
J. Lee Johnson Jr. and family lived on a ranch near Odessa that had been started by his father, J. Lee Johnson Sr. It is still known as "The Johnson Ranch". After moving to Ft. Worth and while he was Chairman of the Board of the First National Bank, Mr. Johnson commissioned artist Peter Hurd to paint this portrait of him. In the 'painting within a painting' the ranching scene suggests the Johnson Ranch and the West Texas roots of Mr. Johnson. The model in the painting was a model of the bank building he built while he was chairman.
The Ellen Noel Art Museum provides residents of the Permian Basin with access to art of enduring quality for the culturally diverse audience of their more than 100,000 square mile region. The Museum engages the community through changing exhibitions with a cross-cultural focus, and through the growth of the permanent collection. It serves as a catalyst for art education in the region by providing child and adult art classes, artist workshops, and family activities.