Aaron Johnson

  • Photo: Tony Prikryl
    , Moon Light Flight, 2021
    Acrylic on canvas
    45.7 x 35.6 x 2.5 cm
    18 x 14 x 1 in
    Photo: Tony Prikryl
  • , Ornithologist, 2021
    Acrylic on canvas
    48.3 x 38.1 cm
    19 x 15 in
  • , Earth Rise, 2021
    Acrylic on canvas
    48.3 x 38.1 cm
    19 x 15 in
  • , Conjunction, 2021
    Acrylic on canvas
    48.3 x 38.1 cm
    19 x 15 in
  • , Bluebird Bluebird Bluebird Joy Joy Joy, 2021
    Acrylic on canvas
    48.3 x 38.1 cm
    19 x 15 in
  • , Sky Rise with Hawk Flight, 2021
    Acrylic on canvas
    137.2 x 167.6 cm
    54 x 66 in
  • , Sky Blaze with Two Hawks, 2021
    Acrylic on canvas
    137.2 x 167.6 cm
    54 x 66 in
  • , In the Lion’s Den, 2021
    Acrylic on canvas
    167.6 x 137.2 cm
    66 x 54 in
  • , Interplanetary, 2021
    Acrylic on canvas
    167.6 x 137.2 cm
    66 x 54 in
  • , Touching Souls, 2021
    Acrylic on canvas
    71.1 x 55.9 cm
    28 x 22 in
  • , Two Earths, 2021
    Acrylic on canvas
    71.1 x 55.9 cm
    28 x 22 in
  • , And Sometimes Birds, 2021
    Acrylic on canvas
    71.1 x 55.9 cm
    28 x 22 in
  • , Other Earths, 2021
    Acrylic on canvas
    275 x 366 cm
    108 1/4 x 144 1/8 in
  • , Love and Comets, 2020
    Acrylic on canvas
    Diameter
    152.4 cm
    60 in
  • , Green Bird, 2020
    Acrylic on canvas
    48 x 38 cm
    19 x 15 inches
  • , Spellbinder, 2020
    Acrylic on canvas
    71 x 56 cm
    28 x 22 inches
  • , Planet Waves, 2020
    Acrylic on canvas
    122 x 112 cm
    48 x 44 inches
  • , Wolf Lover, 2020
    Acrylic on canvas
    71 x 56 cm
    28 x 22 inches
  • , Five Suns for Ten Lovers, 2020
    Acrylic on canvas
    122 x 112 cm
    48 x 44 inches

Aaron Johnson’s paintings straddle the balance between unpredictability and control, abstraction and figuration, painterly blurs and minimalist hard-edges. Using a technique of staining the raw canvas, Johnson investigates the fluidity of shapes, forms and colors and the interconnectedness that manifests in between. Multitudes of creatures or figures emerge from the washes of pigment, staring elusively or at times in a soft embrace as different colors bleed from one figure to the next. Paying homage to color field painting and expressionist figuration, Johnson approaches his work as a deep visual experience underlined by a personal understanding of the unpredictability of his own subconscious. His work explores a wide range of human experiences as he depicts each eccentric form charged with a certain aura of darkness and light. 

Born in St. Paul, Minnesota, USA, in 1975, Aaron Johnson currently lives and works in Brooklyn, NY, USA. He holds an MFA from Hunter College, New York, 2005.  


Exhibitions


News

  • Aaron Johnson - Prints


    Launching June 27 at 5 PM CET


    Almine Rech Editions is pleased to present three limited edition prints by Aaron Johnson, the first limited edition collaboration with the artist.

    Allegory, the grotesque, humor and esotericism animate the paintings of New York-based artist Aaron Johnson, whose new body of work oscillates between genre painting, portraiture and landscape painting.

    - Charles Barachon

    Pre-order here