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Dennis Johnson Paintings
Born April 4, 1953 in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma U.S.A. Growing up, I always knew that creating art is what I was meant to do with my life. The older I got, my priorities never changed.During college is when I first began my study of the non-objective abstraction. My concept when working in this style is that I'm painting a visual structure that has never been seen before, out of elements that may be recognizable. I am inventing an image that has never existed. My compositions are based from letters, words and puzzel shapes, but the "recognizable elements" that I borrow from are basically mechanical/technical components.
I studied art at Southwestern Oklahoma State University, 1970-74, B.F.A.East Texas State University, Graduate Studies in Painting and Printmaking, 1974-75
Selected Publications
2004 O.E.T.A. Public Television, Documentary, Dennis Johnson, "Abstract"
2004 Art News, Magazine, February, 2004, M.A. Doran Gallery
2004 Art News, Magazine, January,2004, Hallar Gallery
2003 Art News, Magazine, October, 2003, Red Wing Fine Art
Selected Commissions/collections:
Axxon Corporation, New Orleans, La.
Champlin Oil, Enid, Ok.
St. Anthony Hospital, Oklahoma City, Ok.
Loves, Inc., Oklahoma City, Ok.
Process Sciences, Inc. Austin, Tx.
Single Exhibitions:
2006 Howell Gallery, Oklahoma City, Ok.
2005 Taylor's Contemporania, Hot Springs, Ar.
2004 Hallar Gallery, Kansas City, Mo.
2004 Howell Gallery, Oklahoma City, Ok.
2003 Brunner Gallery, Covington, La.
2003 M.A. Doran Gallery, Tulsa, Ok.
2002 Elizabeth Edwards Gallery Laguna Beach, Ca.
2002 Red Wing Fine Art, Cape Cod, Ma.
2001 Telfair Gallery, Austin, Tx.
2000 Oklahoma State Capital, Oklahoma City, Ok.
2000 Alexander Houge Gallery, Tulsa Ok.
2000 Sierra Mar, Post Ranch Inn, Big Sur, Ca.
Group Exhibitions:
2006 Brunner Gallery, Covington, La.
2005 Brunner Gallery, Covington, La.
2005 M.A.Doran Gallery, Tulsa, Ok.
2004 Arte Gallery, Palm Desert, Ca.
2003 M.A. Doran Gallery, Tulsa, Ok.
2003 Howell Gallery, Oklahoma City, Ok.
2002 Howell Gallery, Oklahoma City, Ok.
2002 M.A.Doran Gallery, Tulsa, Ok.
2000 Wood Street Gallery, Chicago, Il.
Artist's Statement:
More often than not, we tend to think of abstract art as non objective. We disassociate it from the real world if it is not immediately representative of that which we can distinguish, that which is readily explainable. We tend to view it more emotionally. Color implies a state of mind; why did the artist use so many dark colors?!! "It looks as if he were hitting the canvas!" Consequently, we often feel distanced by abstract art. If we have to work to hard to understand it, then it goes against the rule. However, there does exist a potential for the artist to 'deconstruct' that which he sees in front of him; to take all of the information available to the eye and reorder it, replace it, and make of it something else. The artist may view a subject from many different angles, yet imagine all views at the same time existing on one plane. For the creative artist, seeing becomes a process of recovery and to his/her way of understanding, there are no rules. This is the premise that one must use to get inside the work of Dennis Johnson. To define Johnson's paintings as chaotic would be wrong, yet they are deceptively spontaneous. This in part, because they exist in the realm of the senses; viewed from a distance, they appear as planes of color, yet viewed up close, they are textural. There is a tendency for the viewer to touch them and if one does, then we find that yes, there is depth as well. If you listen hard enough, can you hear a resonance? Possibly, or is that the color interacting in such a way as to create a sensation of sound? Is it a buzz or a low hum, jazz or white noise?One thing is certain, Dennis Johnson's work revels in the joy of painting. It has, the ability to transform materials into something other than what we perceive them to be. The blending of brushstrokes; fat and thin, soft and hard, the obscuring of the canvas here, and the absolute tactile impression it leaves there, would almost hint at collage, yet this is paint on canvas-not torn bits and pieces of cloth pasted over printed pictures, found objects or written words. This is painting that doesn't have to relate to anything, that doesn't have to follow rules. It simply invites us to think, to reflect, to open our mind to the possibility that all any art has to do is make us feel. And Dennis Johnson's art does that...and more. Jon Burris, Curator of Robert A. Hefner III, Christian K. Keesee Collection.
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