ABOUT THE ARTIST
Barry Charles Johnson is a painter. His colorful, abstract canvases reference natural phenomenon: water, land, sky, clouds, sun and wind. Water ebbs and flows, is warm or cool, calm or turbulent. Wind blows clouds into and out of shapes, forms and masses. The whole is governed by Johnson's recognition of the universality of these elements. Just as the elements are ever changing and always new, repeated viewings yield new discoveries of concealed images that Johnson so masterfully includes is all his work.
Johnson believes that we all exist under the same sky, share oceans, and feel both the wind and the sun. His colorful compositions stem from the germ of a thought, without hint of a beginning or ending. He believes very strongly in the moment.
"I no longer use preliminary drawing before creating a piece, so that I can achieve the spontaneity of improvisation, which I think is the only way to find one's style. I don't block in what I want. I just put paint to canvas and trust that it will lead me some place good. I improvised, hopefully like Miles plays, trying always to find new ground." Johnson's artwork is analogous to jazz improvisation. Come experience these unique, spontaneous canvases for yourself! Discover hidden worlds.
Barry Charles Johnson was born in New York City. He studied sculpture at the High School of Art and Design under Albino Cavalito, Frank Eliscu and Benedict Tatti. At Brooklyn College he studied sculpture under Lee Bonticue and painting under John D’Arcangelo, Harry Holzman and Phillip Pearlstein. In the United States Air Force he worked as a Graphic Artist. For over 30 years Johnson’s paintings, sculpture and drawings have been exhibited in solo and group shows, primarily in New York.
"With all the styles that have preceded us in the history of art, I think improvisation is the only way to new imagery. I try to paint like Miles Davis played. Using the jazz players' musical form rather than showing you a musician playing, for me– THIS is the path to new ground."
• High School of Art & Design, NYC
Studied under sculptors Frank Eliscu, Albino Cavallito and Benedict Tatti.
• Brooklyn College, NYC
Studied sculpture under Lee Bontecou
Studied painting under Philip Pearlstein, Allan d'Arcangelo and Harry Holtzman.
NEO-HARMONICS, Wilmer Jennings Gallery at Kenkeleba, NYC
ABSTRACTION-NO GREATER LOVE Jack Tilton Gallery, NYC
THE ALCHEMY SERIES, Casa Frela Gallery, NYC
NOVA, City College, NYC
STUDIO: +1 347.258.1491
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