Aaron Johnson

  • , Star Light, 2022
    Acrylic on canvas
    183 x 213 cm
    72 x 84 in
  • , We’ve Seen the Future, 2022
    Acrylic on canvas
    213 x 183 cm
    84 x 72 in
  • , Red Sonnet, 2022
    Acrylic on canvas
    71 x 56 cm
    28 x 22 in
  • , It’s Always You, 2022
    Acrylic on canvas
    71 x 56 cm
    28 x 22 in
  • , Ornithology, 2022
    Acrylic on canvas
    183 x 213 cm
    72 x 84 in
  • , In The Groove, 2022
    Acrylic on canvas
    71 x 56 cm
    28 x 22 in
  • , In Her Light, 2022
    Acrylic on canvas
    71 x 56 cm
    28 x 22 in
  • , Holding On, 2022
    Acrylic on canvas
    71 x 56 cm
    28 x 22 in
  • , Day is Night, 2022
    Acrylic on canvas
    122 x 112 cm
    48 x 44 in
  • , Ablaze, 2022
    Acrylic on canvas
    71 x 56 cm
    28 x 22 in
  • , Deep Space With Black Cat, 2022
    Acrylic on canvas
    157.5 x 127 cm
    62 x 50 in
  • , Black Hole Party, 2022
    Acrylic on canvas
    122 x 112 cm
    48 x 44 in
  • , Ascension, 2022
    Acrylic on canvas
    213 x 183 cm
    84 x 72 in
  • , Through and Through, 2022
    Acrylic on canvas
    157.5 x 127 cm
    62 x 50 in
  • , We Are Made of StarDust, 2022
    Acrylic on canvas
    157.5 x 127 cm
    62 x 50 in
  • , Astral Spirit, 2022
    Acrylic on canvas
    40.6 x 30.5 cm
    16 x 12 in
  • , Forever True, 2022
    Acrylic on canvas
    40.6 x 30.5 cm
    16 x 12 in
  • , Flowers in her Hair (Blue), 2022
    Acrylic on canvas
    40.6 x 30.5 cm
    16 x 12 in
  • , Haunted, 2022
    Acrylic on canvas
    40.6 x 30.5 cm
    16 x 12 in
  • , Nymph, 2022
    Acrylic on canvas
    40.6 x 30.5 cm
    16 x 12 in
  • , Green Man, 2022
    Acrylic on canvas
    40.6 x 30.5 cm
    16 x 12 in
  • , Corazon, 2022
    Acrylic on canvas
    40.6 x 30.5 cm
    16 x 12 in
  • , Sloth, 2022
    Acrylic on canvas
    40.6 x 30.5 cm
    16 x 12 in
  • , Roses in her Hair, 2022
    Acrylic on canvas
    40.6 x 30.5 cm
    16 x 12 in
  • , Wild One, 2022
    Acrylic on canvas
    40.6 x 30.5 cm
    16 x 12 in
  • 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 vibrate with ethereal figures that dissolve into hazes of disembodied color, juicy luminosity, and radiant blurs. His fluid approach to painting is rooted in the tradition of Color Field painting, working on the floor staining raw canvas with washes of color, allowing spontaneity and unpredictability to drive the compositions. Allowing the paint to flow freely, the process connects with ideas of cosmic and natural forces, and the interconnectedness of all things. His spiritlike figures are in turns comical, angelic, grotesque, and ghostly. Romantic moments reveal embracing, starry-eyed lovers who melt into each other, combine energies, and meld into a psychedelic nonduality. The dreamy landscapes seem to suggest life on another planet, or in another dimension, abundant with strange magic. 

 

Aaron Johnson lives and works in Brooklyn, and holds an MFA from Hunter College, NYC, 2005.  His work is in permanent collections including The Museum of Modern Art, New York; The Weisman Foundation, Los Angeles; and Coleccion Solo, Madrid. His work has been included in museum exhibitions at The Museum of Modern Art, Mass MoCA, and The Hudson Valley Center for Contemporary Art.  His work has been exhibited at galleries internationally, including Almine Rech, Brussels, Paris, and Shanghai; Ross + Kramer Gallery, NY; Stux Gallery, NY; Marlborough Gallery, NY; Over The Influence, LA; Gana Art, Seoul, Korea; AishoNanzuka, Hong Kong; Gallery Poulsen, Copenhagen; and Gallery Brandstrup, Oslo. He is the recipient of awards including The MacDowell Colony Fellowship, The Yaddo residency, and The Marie Walsh Sharpe Space Program residency.  Johnson's work has been reviewed in numerous publications, including The New York Times, The Huffington Post, The Village Voice, Art News, and ArtForum, and Vice.  


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