Dion Johnson is a Los Angeles-based artist. Born in 1975 in Bellaire, Ohio, he attended Yale Norfolk Summer School of Music and Art, received his BFA from The Ohio State University and his MFA from Claremont Graduate University. His work can be found in the permanent collections of the Museum of Art and History, Lancaster, CA; Creative Artists Agency, Los Angeles, CA; Columbus Museum of Art, Columbus, OH; Twitter Inc., Santa Monica, CA; Capital Group Companies, Los Angeles, CA; and Pizzuti Collection, Columbus, OH, among others. Johnson’s work has been reviewed and featured in the Los Angeles Times, Artforum, Artnews, HuffPost, Artillery, Art and Cake, and The New York Times.
Dion’s paintings combine and explore dynamic opposites: expansiveness and compression, surface and depth, and darkness and light. Gradient color fields are juxtaposed to and interwoven with planes of precise hardedge abstraction. These color fades are both intimate and vast – they may reflect internal moods with wandering thoughts and insightful realizations, or they may suggest vivid sunsets on Mercury or Mars with chemical skies and radiant perspectives. The hardedge shapes seem to reach up and stretch down; their elongated curves, interlocking contours, and bold colors allude to kinetic sensations and evolving environments.
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Acrylic on two canvases
60” x 80”