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David S. Johnson
Acrylic and oil on canvas
91 x 121 cm
David S. Johnson
Acrylic and oil on canvas
91 x 121 cm
David S. Johnson
Acrylic and oil on Canvas
91 x 121 cm
David S. Johnson
Acrylic and Oil on Canvas
274 x 213 cm
David S. Johnson
Acrylic and Oil on Canvas
152 x 234 cm
David S. Johnson
Acrylic and Oil on Canvas
167 x 154 cm

About the artist

David Stephen Johnson (b. Pittsburgh, 1949) is an abstract painter based in Westport, CT.

He was a star quarterback for South Dakota State.

As a self-taught artist, he spent 30 years developing a deliberately unpublished body of work, until his residency at Silvermine Arts Center in 2019.

Going large-scale with his series “Inception”, he had his first solo show at Southport Galleries, CT. That same year, after being noticed by an Aspen-based art consultant, he debuted at Spectrum Art Fair in Miami Basel Art Week invited by ArtBlend Gallery.

In 2020 he participated in Intersect Aspen Art Fair, and in the acclaimed Hamptons Virtual Art Fair, where he was selected by its committee as a featured artist.

He has recently been invited to show works in the Galerie Sonia Monti in Paris in December. That same month, he has also been invited to show works at Galeria Azur Madrid for their end-of-the-year exhibition.

Van Gogh Art Gallery, located in Madrid too, will show his work at the International Contemporary Art Fair in Paris in January 2021.

In the Spring of that year, David will present a solo booth at Art Expo New York on Pier 94 in Manhattan.

His work has been selected to participate in the Contemporary Art Biennial of Buenos Aires, Argentina, to be held at Palais de Glace in May 2021.

 

Statement

Painting is like breathing to me. I am pulled in, to the work, every day. The process is a physical act. I connect to my body and to myself in a sort of visceral dance.

The act of painting is unmediated by thought. It starts with a simple stroke or mark that leads to the next one in a continuous flow.

Possibility and uncertainty are inherent to my practice. Always a play between anxiety, apprehension and, sometimes, when I get lucky, exhilaration.

My language is color. I work with acrylic, house paint, oil, and pastels which I apply directly on to the surface and rework with a scraper, paper, and rarely, a brush.