Julienne Johnson

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SSOR (Strategic Source of Repair)         oil painting with mixed media cloth pigment transfers and collage on canvas   •   2016   •   40" x 40" without frame

SSOR (Strategic Source of Repair) 





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Artist Statement

I make art to communicate what I cannot communicate with words; what I need to say about what's going on in the world around us; what I cannot fix; what I wish I could make different with my paint and clay or metal and wood; I work very hard at it - always with my hands, smearing, scraping, sanding - until the experience becomes intimately personal; communication is at the heart of every creation, wedded to a humanistic concern; I yearn with passion to make sense of it all; fulfillment comes only after I am personally satisfied with having known, experienced and conveyed - or at least tried to convey, an ongoing, meaningful conversation; a conversation that has found its way in the work itself; a conversation that may potentially transpire a continuance of the same with each viewer - long after the paint has dried.

Biography

Julienne Johnson is a multi-disciplinary artist whose practice includes drawing, painting, sculpture, and assemblage. She has been engaged professionally in a variety of other creative disciplines, most notably songwriting, with both Grammy and Dove Award nominations to her credit. Her latest music was released in Oslo, Norway, April 2019 for award winning producer, Knut Asphol. Her poetry has been published in the United States, and the UK. Despite her success in these areas, Johnson's most profound connection is with the visual arts – her strongest, most direct form of communication.

She trained classically as a fine arts major at Taylor University, Indiana and continued painting representationally for the next ten years doing commissions, while exhibiting minimally. Much later, after re-settling in Los Angeles, Johnson returned to studying art briefly at Otis College of Art & Design in 2005, transferring to Art Center College of Design in 2006 where she custom coordinated a Master’s-level type program and was mentored by the late Franklyn Liegel.

Since 2010, Johnson has been honored with 5 solo exhibitions across the United States, including a solo museum show at the Southern Nevada Museum of Fine Art; her sculpture and paintings have been included in numerous museum shows around the world, including: Armenia, Japan, China, Qatar, Italy and Thailand. Her work can be found in 7 Museum Permanent Collections internationally and can be viewed on permanent exhibition at the Arab American National Museum in Michigan, and several museums in Italy and Thailand. Residencies include: China, Italy, Japan, Thailand and Mexico.
Her work can be found in private and corporate collections across the globe. She resides in Southern California.


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