American artist Aaron Johnson has created two distinctive and wildly innovative approaches to painting. The newest developments in Johnsonʼs oeuvre are his “sock paintings” which display a rugged counterpoint to the “reverse painted acrylic polymer peel paintings” for which Johnson has been well known. These two processes in their divergent physicality have brewed in symbiosis from opposite sides of the picture plane, working in tandem to illuminate Johnsonʼs phantasmagorical vision.
Uniting these two distinct physicalities is Johnsonʼs inimitable style, a painterly madness flowing forward from his influences of Goya, Peter Saul, Picasso, Ensor, Llyn Foulkes, and the Hairy Who. Johnsonʼs vision is singular, and his paintings are a delight of garish yet harmonious color and a lyrical flow of flesh that project a sinister beauty.
Aaron Johnson holds an MFA from Hunter College, 2005, and has lived and worked in Brooklyn since 1998. His work is in permanent collections at such institutions as the Museum of Modern Art, the Fundacion Mehr, and the Weisman Foundation. His work has been included in museum exhibitions at The Museum of Modern Art, NY; The Hudson Valley Center for Contemporary Art, The Knoxville Museum of Contemporary Art, and The Katzen Center at American University. He is the recipient of many awards, including The MacDowell Colony Fellowship, The Corporation of Yaddo residency, The Marie Walsh Sharpe Space Program, and the VCCA Fellowship. Johnson’s work has been reviewed in numerous publications, including The New York Times, The Huffington Post, The Village Voice, Art News, and ArtForum.