Street Murals by Stephen T. Johnson seen at DeKalb Avenue Subway Station, Brooklyn - DeKalb Improvisation
Street Murals by Stephen T. Johnson seen at DeKalb Avenue Subway Station, Brooklyn - DeKalb Improvisation

DeKalb Improvisation

Stephen Johnson created a beautiful artwork using glass on mezzanine walls called the DeKalb Improvisation. It can be found adorning a wall at DeKalb Avenue. It brings vibrancy and texture to the station environment.
“My idea for these murals is to convey a sense of joy through an exuberant juxtaposition of colors, shapes, and familiar images. … On the surface, the variety of colors and shapes in the mosaics resemble collages and invite the traveler to consider the multiple layers of images found on city walls, particularly in the subway, where posters may tear, revealing previous images and forming exciting compositions. The glass is as diverse as the station’s passengers, whose ethnic origins stem from Asia, Africa, and the Middle East. I wanted the abstract design to be balanced with realistic images that are easily recognizable.”

Fabrication: Franz Mayer of Munich

Meet the Creator

Stephen T. Johnson’s visually arresting and conceptually rich body of work forges connections between words, objects and ideas. His art spans a broad range of concepts and contexts and can be seen in site-specific public art commissions, gallery and museum exhibitions, and original award-winning children’s books such “Alphabet City,” a Caldecott Honor and a New York Times Best Illustrated book of the year.

His drawings and paintings are in numerous private collections including those of musician Paul Simon and actress Cherry Jones, and in the permanent collections of Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh Pennsylvania, the New Britain Museum of American Art in Connecticut, and the National Portrait Gallery at the Smithsonian Institution in Washington D.C.

Among his public art is a 66-foot mosaic mural at the DeKalb Avenue Subway Station in Brooklyn New York, a 58-foot mosaic mural at the Universal City Metro Station in North Hollywood, Los Angeles California, and 33 glass panels for the Dallas Love Field Airport, in Dallas, Texas.”

Available for commission/custom work