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Chris Johnson

Chris Johnson

Nyack, NY

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"Contemporary Abstract Expressionism"
Self-taught artist from Nyack, NY. My painting style is contemporary abstract expressionism, working in the oil medium. In 2017, I walked away from a 20+ year career in advertising to pursue my passion for art, to be true to myself.

Painting allows me to express my innermost feelings, to be at peace, fearless. Above all, I can be myself. My work is me.

My art is my truth – a deeply thoughtful, vulnerable and honest expression of who I am. It tells my story – one of pain and darkness to hope and freedom. Meaningful life experiences, consequences of addiction, finding a new way of life, discovering my purpose - all serve as influencers for my work.

Bold, vibrant colors are at the center, reflecting my passion for the fullness of life. The exploration of color provides a diverse means of communication. How colors blend, complement one another and how they work in different shapes and movements allow me to capture feelings, meaning and to leave a lasting impression. Precise line work and bold marks also serve as critical elements to my vision of communicating a story of hope and courage.

Painting awakens my spirit. Free and with an open heart, I’m able to communicate and connect in the most pure and genuine fashion. I paint to share my journey, to bear my soul, to heal and to inspire.

My work can be found on Etsy (ChrisJohnsonArtShop), Saatchi Art and Artsy. A highlight of my exhibitions and events are listed below:
 Chateau Orquevaux Artist-in-Residence: March 2022
 The Other Art Fair Los Angeles: June 24-27, 2021
 The Other Art Fair Los Angeles Virtual Edition: March 30-April 4, 2021
 Miami Art Basel – Spectrum Miami: December 2019
 Published in Capsules Book Curatorial Volume 2: May 2020
 Published in Art Folio Annual: May 2020
 Woodstock New-Paltz Art Festival: September 2018 & 2019

How do your pieces come to life? Tell us one interesting thing about your creative process?

"I typically start with an unrestrictive idea or message I want to communicate. For example, a spiritual principle like "hope", a meaningful experience or an emotion triggered by something or someone. I always start on the right side of the canvas with a mark or marks that often set the direction of the overall piece. From there, I often just let go and let the creative process unfold naturally."
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