Gene Johnson

As I personally have evolved over the decades, what I was once content to put on the canvas, no longer pleased me and a conventional manner of representation no longer sufficed. I found myself moving deeper toward abstraction, toward simplifying my images. My work at the time was comprised of textured color fields that acted as a stage upon which I presented my own iconographic language. Later, the more obvious icons gave way to a purer abstraction, allowing it to communicate on its own.

Biography

Johnson began his painting career in New York, and has participated in many group and solo exhibitions in New York, Paris, Madrid, Havana, Sao Paulo, Mexico and Japan. His work can be found in private, corporate and museum collections in the US, Latin America and Europe.

Although Johnson employs geometry as a structural base, it would be wrong to simply describe his work as Geometric Abstraction. “His painterly use of color, texture and form allude to his respect for traditional and expressive painters alike. His intense and energetic application of paint embodies his paintings with a synthesis of emotion, intuition and sensuality.”

“Overall patterns, developed repetition, and a sense of his process, seem to give his work a biography, forcing the viewer to look for understanding within them. His work at once appears intricate, and at the same time reduced and simplified. Rich patinas suggest a density of time and history.”

Johnson alternately works in painting and collage.  His collages, generally smaller in scale, gives them a sense of a tactile intimacy, while his paintings are of a larger scale, bold, and run the gamut from brilliant hues to the almost monochromatic ... grays, whites and blacks.

Drawn to Latin America, he first moved to Mexico City, and later to Sao Paulo. He currently divides his time between Mexico, Sao Paulo and New York City.


NY Art Critic, John Yau says:  “These are not just paintings Johnson has made, but rather works he has discovered in the process of making. .  It is an abstract visual language that is fluent, flexible and emotional. In synthesizing geometric abstraction, the process of painting and the assembling of shapes and graphic fragments, Johnson has developed a language that is recognizably his own.”

New York Times art critic, William Zimmer: “His work possesses a beguiling literalness, solid forms against impalpable ground. Johnson stages a balancing act in his work, mining the sensations of life, so that his paintings and collages actually themselves become a spiritual force.”

Education

Ringling College of Design, Sarasota, FL

School of Visual Arts, New York City, NY

The New School, New York City, NY


Selected Public & Private Collections

Hirshhorn Collection Washington, DC • High Museum of Art Collection Atlanta, GA • MARGS Museum, Porto Alegre, Brazil • Barnett Bank Corporate Collection Jacksonville, FL • Ringling Museum of Art, Print Collection Sarasota, FL • Mural Installation, City of Naples, FL • Tampa Electric Corporate Collection Tampa, FL • Charles Hotel Cambridge, MA


Selected Solo Exhibitions

2021 Caldwell Snyder Gallery, San Francisco, CA.

2020 Caldwell Snyder Gallery, San Francisco, CA.

2019 Galeria Lume, Sao Paulo, Brazil.

2018   Metamorphosis: Gene Johnson Collages,

             MARGS Museum, Porto Alegre, Brazil.

2017 Galeria Monica Filgueiras, Sao Paulo, Brazil.

2016 Harmon Modern, Naples, FL.

2015 Galeria Monica Filgueiras, Sao Paulo, Brazil.

             Ramses Arte, Madrid, Spain.

2013 Galeria Monica Filgueiras, Sao Paulo, Brazil.

2011 Generator Gallery, San Miguel de Allende, Mexico.

2010 Harmon Meek Gallery, Naples, FL.

             Galeria Monica Filgueiras, Sao Paulo, Brazil.

2007 Galeria Monica Filgueiras, Sao Paulo, Brazil.

2007 Zoho Gallery, San Miguel de Allende, Mexico

2005 Galeria de la Cuesta, San Miguel de Allende, Mexico.

2003 Regina Pinho Escritorio de Arte, Sao Paulo, Brazil.

1996 Seneca Gallery, Mexico City, Mexico.

1994 Coyocan Centro Cultural, Mexico City, Mexico.

1989 Foster Harmon Gallery, Sarasota, FL.

             Coyote Gallery, Cambridge, MA.

1988 Condeso/Lawler Gallery, New York, NY.

1987 Condeso/Lawler Gallery, New York, NY.

1985 Harmon-Meek Gallery, Naples, FL.

1983 Gallerie Contemporanea, Jacksonville, FL.

             Joan Hodgell Gallery, Sarasota, FL.

1982 Estee Gallery, Toronto, Canada.

Press

PRESS

Selected Artworks

Unpredictable Sensibility

Unpredictable Sensibility

Acrylic on Canvas

56 x 43 inches

210013

Here’s “Day/Night”

Here’s “Day/Night”

Acrylic on Canvas

52 x 100 inches

200063

Sao Paulo Flash

Sao Paulo Flash

Acrylic on Canvas

71 x 59 inches

200014

San Miguel Monument

San Miguel Monument

Acrylic on Canvas

40 x 40 inches

200013

San Miguel Concrete Celebration

San Miguel Concrete Celebration

Acrylic on Canvas

40 x 40 inches

200012

Pyramid Two / Japan

Pyramid Two / Japan

Acrylic on Canvas

71 x 57 inches

200011

Outside the Box

Outside the Box

Acrylic on Canvas

71 x 57 inches

200010

Other World Bandera

Other World Bandera

Acrylic on Canvas

53 x 60 inches

200009

Master Puzzle

Master Puzzle

Acrylic on Canvas

53 x 64 inches

200008

Industrial Site

Industrial Site

Acrylic on Canvas

51 x 63 inches

200006

Circuit Board

Circuit Board

Acrylic on Canvas

59 x 98 inches

200005

Brazil

Brazil

Acrylic on Canvas

59 x 71 inches

200004

Bits Pieces, the Whole

Bits Pieces, the Whole

Acrylic on Canvas

40 x 40 inches

200003

Amarillo Mirage

Amarillo Mirage

Acrylic on Canvas

71 x 57 inches

200002

Advance Sao Paulo

Advance Sao Paulo

Acrylic on Canvas

71 x 59 inches

200001

Education

Ringling College of Design, Sarasota, FL

School of Visual Arts, New York City, NY

The New School, New York City, NY


Selected Public & Private Collections

Hirshhorn Collection Washington, DC • High Museum of Art Collection Atlanta, GA • MARGS Museum, Porto Alegre, Brazil • Barnett Bank Corporate Collection Jacksonville, FL • Ringling Museum of Art, Print Collection Sarasota, FL • Mural Installation, City of Naples, FL • Tampa Electric Corporate Collection Tampa, FL • Charles Hotel Cambridge, MA


Selected Solo Exhibitions

2021 Caldwell Snyder Gallery, San Francisco, CA.

2020 Caldwell Snyder Gallery, San Francisco, CA.

2019 Galeria Lume, Sao Paulo, Brazil.

2018   Metamorphosis: Gene Johnson Collages,

             MARGS Museum, Porto Alegre, Brazil.

2017 Galeria Monica Filgueiras, Sao Paulo, Brazil.

2016 Harmon Modern, Naples, FL.

2015 Galeria Monica Filgueiras, Sao Paulo, Brazil.

             Ramses Arte, Madrid, Spain.

2013 Galeria Monica Filgueiras, Sao Paulo, Brazil.

2011 Generator Gallery, San Miguel de Allende, Mexico.

2010 Harmon Meek Gallery, Naples, FL.

             Galeria Monica Filgueiras, Sao Paulo, Brazil.

2007 Galeria Monica Filgueiras, Sao Paulo, Brazil.

2007 Zoho Gallery, San Miguel de Allende, Mexico

2005 Galeria de la Cuesta, San Miguel de Allende, Mexico.

2003 Regina Pinho Escritorio de Arte, Sao Paulo, Brazil.

1996 Seneca Gallery, Mexico City, Mexico.

1994 Coyocan Centro Cultural, Mexico City, Mexico.

1989 Foster Harmon Gallery, Sarasota, FL.

             Coyote Gallery, Cambridge, MA.

1988 Condeso/Lawler Gallery, New York, NY.

1987 Condeso/Lawler Gallery, New York, NY.

1985 Harmon-Meek Gallery, Naples, FL.

1983 Gallerie Contemporanea, Jacksonville, FL.

             Joan Hodgell Gallery, Sarasota, FL.

1982 Estee Gallery, Toronto, Canada.

Biography

Johnson began his painting career in New York, and has participated in many group and solo exhibitions in New York, Paris, Madrid, Havana, Sao Paulo, Mexico and Japan. His work can be found in private, corporate and museum collections in the US, Latin America and Europe.

Although Johnson employs geometry as a structural base, it would be wrong to simply describe his work as Geometric Abstraction. “His painterly use of color, texture and form allude to his respect for traditional and expressive painters alike. His intense and energetic application of paint embodies his paintings with a synthesis of emotion, intuition and sensuality.”

“Overall patterns, developed repetition, and a sense of his process, seem to give his work a biography, forcing the viewer to look for understanding within them. His work at once appears intricate, and at the same time reduced and simplified. Rich patinas suggest a density of time and history.”

Johnson alternately works in painting and collage.  His collages, generally smaller in scale, gives them a sense of a tactile intimacy, while his paintings are of a larger scale, bold, and run the gamut from brilliant hues to the almost monochromatic ... grays, whites and blacks.

Drawn to Latin America, he first moved to Mexico City, and later to Sao Paulo. He currently divides his time between Mexico, Sao Paulo and New York City.


NY Art Critic, John Yau says:  “These are not just paintings Johnson has made, but rather works he has discovered in the process of making. .  It is an abstract visual language that is fluent, flexible and emotional. In synthesizing geometric abstraction, the process of painting and the assembling of shapes and graphic fragments, Johnson has developed a language that is recognizably his own.”

New York Times art critic, William Zimmer: “His work possesses a beguiling literalness, solid forms against impalpable ground. Johnson stages a balancing act in his work, mining the sensations of life, so that his paintings and collages actually themselves become a spiritual force.”

Press

Gene Johnson

As I personally have evolved over the decades, what I was once content to put on the canvas, no longer pleased me and a conventional manner of representation no longer sufficed. I found myself moving deeper toward abstraction, toward simplifying my images. My work at the time was comprised of textured color fields that acted as a stage upon which I presented my own iconographic language. Later, the more obvious icons gave way to a purer abstraction, allowing it to communicate on its own.

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