Dennis Johnson Bio

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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, but the “recognizable elements” that I borrow from are basically mechanical/technical components.
I loved this style from the very beginning; I felt absolute creative freedom. But I also knew that to be truly in command of the canvas, I wanted to be skilled in all styles of painting. Studying realism became a necessity.

Working with Still Life, Landscapes, Fauvism, Impressionism, all of these contributed to my talent for abstract painting. However, I think the most important thing that I learned from working in all styles is the blending and mixing of color. Color makes all the difference in a non-objective abstraction. It opens up depth, dimensions, and emotions…the more color the better! Color also teaches you control. People have this misconception that all abstract painters simply throw paint on a canvas, and some do. But my paintings REALLY ARE something, and it takes control and order to harness all that color and energy into a believable image.With this series of work, I want my viewers to decide for themselves what they see and what the painting means. I have no wish to dictate a right answer to the question, “What does it mean?” If I can have creative freedom by painting, then my viewers should have creative freedom with interpretation.

My art is my challenge and my joy. I love taking my paintings to the edge! The edge of “what,” you can decide. When I paint, I’m striving to push the envelope. And today, I continue endeavoring to reach the limits of what “a controlled, sophisticated, abstraction” can be.