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Artist Aaron Johnson

Aaron Johnson



American b. 1975  —  Aaron Johnson’s recent paintings present multitudes of figures who emerge from washes of paint stained into raw canvas. The technique involves working flat on the floor, soaking the canvas, and working with highly fluid acrylic. The flow and spread of color create a situation of unpredictability. As a compositional device, instead of the traditional figure:ground, these paintings set up figure:figure relationships, with a push:pull between abstraction and figuration. The figures in these works resonate in various emotional and psychological tones in moments of romance, menace, humor, and horror. Johnson’s works investigate the crowd as psychological space, considering the interaction between individuals, and the dynamics of collective consciousness. Johnson holds an MFA from Hunter College, and his work is found in many collections internationally, including the permanent collections of the Weisman Foundation and the Museum of Modern Art. Profile and banner images courtesy Javier Romero.

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Artwork – Rodeo Romance, 2018
Rodeo Romance, 2018
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