32″ x 36″
Acrylic on Canvas
Contemporary Art Matters
Dion Johnson’s paintings combine and explore dynamic opposites: expansiveness and compression, darkness and light. Dion uses color to evoke the contemporary urban, digital and natural landscape of Southern California, and skews the vocabulary of abstraction into a hybrid techno-language. Whether observing the curvature of freeway interchanges or bright noon daylight, Dion’s work is a clear balance of the harmonic and dissonant qualities in our environment.
Los Angeles Times art critic David Pagel writes, “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.”
Dion Johnson is represented by Western Project, Los Angeles, and Marty Walker Gallery, Dallas, Texas. He has shown at Contemporary Art Matters in Columbus, Ohio among many other galleries and museums across the US.
Dion’s piece “Speedster 2” will be featured in Art for Life on September 15. See more of his work at dionjohnsonstudio.com.