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“These seemingly calm arrangements of gently curved shapes, in a sumptuously saturated and wildly unnatural palette, are anything but wallflowers. They play with scale like nobody’s business, filling the empty space around them with inclusive, user-friendly snippets of imagined symphonies. As quickly as they energize the space around them, Johnson’s idiosyncratic compositions set up kinky rhythms—beats and echoes that lead one way only to be interrupted by any number of possibilities. Sometimes, a band of color squeezes another until it’s as thin a pinstripe. At other times, wide chunks of color appear to expand, as if the painted surface were breathing. At still others, peek-a-boo slivers of translucent tones open up to suggest deep space—not quite the unfathomable vastness of the cosmos but the soul-expanding openness of a sun-drenched summer sky. A handful of Johnson’s eccentric configurations include brightly colored lines that define shapes that seem to await being filled in, as if they were the long lost relatives of a kid’s coloring book. Most of the shapes in Johnson’s paintings are oriented vertically, either extending from top to bottom edge or coming to a rounded point just before the bottom is reached, like a cartoon drip or an impossibly long and gorgeously polished fingernail. Time does not stand still in these paintings so much as they suspend you in long drawn-out moments of acutely satisfying attentiveness.”

David Pagel
excerpt from Rebecca Ibel Gallery ‘Rcent Paintings’ catalog essay

Dion Johnson is presently based in Los Angeles, California and is represented by Western Project in Los Angeles and De Buck Gallery in New York, NY.

Born Bellaire, OH 1975

Education

2000
Master of Fine Arts, Claremont Graduate University, Claremont, California

1997
Bachelor of Fine Arts, The Ohio State University, Columbus, Ohio

1996
Yale Norfolk Summer School of Music and Art, Norfolk, CT

Selected Public Collections

Ameriprise Advisors, Columbus, OH
The Capital Group Companies, Inc., Los Angeles, CA
The Cleveland Clinic, Cleveland, OH
The Columbus Museum of Art, OH
Creative Artist Agency, Los Angeles, CA
Fidelity Investments, Boston, MA
Pizzuti Collection, Columbus, OH
Progressive Corp., Mayfield Village, OH
Squire Sanders & Dempsey LLP, Columbus, OH
Twitter Inc., Santa Monica, CA
The University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center, Dallas, TX
The Ohio State University, Columbus, OH
Wellington Management, Boston, MA
Copelouzos Family Art Museum, Athens, Greece

Selected Solo Exhibitions  

2015
‘Luminous Trajectories,’ Bentley Gallery, Phoenix, AZ
‘Chromatic Momentum,’ De Buck Gallery, New York, NY

2013
‘Vivid Slipstream,’ Western Project, Los Angeles, CA

2012
‘Velocity,’ De Buck Gallery, New York, NY

2011
‘New Paintings,’ Marty Walker Gallery, Dallas, TX
‘Dion Johnson,’ Western Project, Los Angles, CA

2009
‘Brilliant Frequencies,’ Rebecca Ibel Gallery, Columbus, OH
‘Shadows and Vistas,’ Project 210, Pasadena, CA
‘Twilight,’ Cypress College Fine Arts Gallery, Cypress, CA

2008
’Isotope Series,’ Rebecca Ibel Gallery, Columbus, OH

2007
‘Works on Paper’ Empathy Design Company, South Pasadena, CA

2005
‘Radiance,’ Carl Berg Gallery, Los Angeles, CA
‘Continuous Transmission,’ Desiree’ Synder Gallery, Sarasota, FL

2004
‘New Paintings: Project Room,’ Stephen Stux Gallery, New York, NY
‘Wow and Flutter,’ Rebecca Ibel Gallery, Columbus, OH

2002
‘Popsicle Scenarios,’ Rebecca Ibel Gallery, Columbus, OH
‘Softer Frequencies,’ Richard Heller Gallery, Santa Monica, CA

2001
‘Paintings,’ Bill Maynes Gallery, New York, NY

2000
‘Dion Johnson,’ Rebecca Ibel Gallery, Columbus, OH

 

Selected Group Exhibitions  

2016
‘Manmade,’ Holly Johnson Gallery, Dallas, TX
‘Intent Fortuity,’ Jamie Brooks Fine Art, Costa Mesa, CA

2015
‘Surface to Edge,’ Cypress College Art Gallery, Cypress, CA

2014
‘NOWism,’ Pizzuti Collection, Columbus, OH

2013
‘Colormetry,’ Lancaster Museum of Art and History, Lancaster, CA
‘Tripod,’ Peggy Phelps Gallery Claremont Graduate University, Claremont, CA

2012
‘Summer Selections,’ De Buck Gallery, New York, NY

2011
‘About Paint,’ Carl Berg Projects, West Hollywood, CA

2010
‘Set Theory,’ Torrance Art Museum, Torrance, CA
‘Construction Zone,’ Western Project, Los Angles, CA

2009
‘Western Project: The First Six Years,’ Western Project, Culver City, CA
‘Drawings,’ Rebecca Ibel Gallery, Columbus, OH

2008
‘Plush,’ curated by Martin Durazo, Center for the Arts, Eagle Rock, Los Angeles, CA

2007
‘Family Garden,’ curated by Shana Nys Dambrot and Elizabeth Paige Smith, Elizabeth Paige Smith Atelier, Venice, CA

2006
‘Dion Johnson, Sush Machida Gaikotsu and Kelly McCormick,’ Rebecca Ibel Gallery, Columbus, OH

2004
‘Observations,’ Carl Berg Gallery, Los Angeles, CA
‘Reordering Reality: Collecting Contemporary Art,’ The Columbus Museum of Art, Columbus, OH

2003
‘Fresh: Works on Paper, A Fifth Anniversary,’ James Kelly Contemporary, Santa Fe, NM
‘Ten Years in Columbus, Part 1,’ Rebecca Ibel Gallery, Columbus, OH

 

Selected Press

2016
Carasso, Roberta. ‘Continuing and Recommended Exhibition,’ Art Scene, February, online

2015
Vetter, Grant. ‘Dion Johnson at Bentley Gallery,’ The Arts Beacon, December, online
Bridget, Gleeson. ‘Color in Motion: Dion Johnson’s Abstract Paintings of Light, Shape and Color,’ Artsy Editorial, January 8, online

2013
Nichols, Kimberly. ‘Colormetry Uses Color as Instigator,’ Droste Effect, February 25, p 44 ill
Frank, Peter. ‘Colormetery,’ Artillery, March 4, p. 112
Bush, Bill. ‘The Opposites of Art,’ Huffington Post, June 10, online

2012
‘The Radiant West Coast of Dion Johnson,’ LanciaTrendVisions.com, November 15, online
Esterow, Milton. ‘The ARTnews 200 Top Collectors,’ ARTnews, Summer, p. 95 ill

2011
Fitzpatrick, Kyle. ‘Dion Johnson Melts Color,’ Los Angeles I’m Yours, December 20, online.
Lima, Benjamin. ‘Critic’s Pick,’ Art Forum, October, online
Daichendt, G. James. ‘Continuing and Recommended Exhibition,’ Art Scene, September, online
‘Dion Johnson: New Paintings,’ Artweek.LA, August, online

2009
Cohen, David. ‘Pic of the Fairs’ Artcritical, December 6, online
Yates, Christopher A. ‘Two Views Challenge Senses,’ The Columbus Dispatch, December 9. p. E6 ill

2008
Nys Dambrot, Shana. ‘Plush,’ Flavorpill Los Angles, November 7, online

2005
Myers, Holly. ‘Around the Galleries,’ Los Angeles Times, December 2, p. E30 ill

2004
Fryer-Kohles, Jeanne. ‘Painter crafts, mixed media into his personal diary,’ The Columbus Dispatch, January 25, p. D4
Starker, Melissa. ‘Entering The Atmosphere,’ Alive, January 21, p. 21 ill

2003
Fryer-Kohles, Jeanne. ‘Sextet’s Modern Pieces Sparkle,’ The Columbus Dispatch, April 6. p.F4

2002
Fryer-Kohles, Jeanne. ‘Childhood’s Mystery Seen in Sunny Visions,’ The Columbus Dispatch, March, p. G7

2001
Johnson, Ken. ‘Bill Maynes Exhibition Review,’ The New York Times, October 19, E40
Scheiber, Curtis. ‘Dion Johnson, Paintings That Dogs and Cats Can Understand,’ Dialogue, January/February, p. 28 (cover shot)

1998
Hall, Jacqueline. ‘Images Won’t Stand Still,’ The Columbus Dispatch, December 6