Mitchell Johnson (painter)
Rock Hill, South Carolina
|Education||Parsons School of Design|
Mitchell Johnson is a contemporary painter. Born in 1964, in Rock Hill, South Carolina, he currently paints in Palo Alto, California as well as in Buonconvento, Italy; Meyreuil, France and Bornholm, Denmark. Johnson earned his M.F.A. at Parsons School of Design in 1990, where he studied with Larry Rivers, Paul Resika, Leland Bell, Robert De Niro, Sr., Nell Blaine and John Heliker—all former students of Hans Hofmann.
Johnson studied drawing and painting in high school at Staten Island Academy and at Randolph-Macon College, where he studied with Ray Berry and earned a bachelor of science degree in computer science. He studied painting and drawing with Jo Weiss, Lee Newman, Jack Boul, and David Holt at the Washington Studio School, Washington, D.C., from 1987 to 1988, and attended graduate school in fine arts at Parsons School of Design, New York City.
During graduate school, Johnson supported himself doing odd jobs for various New York artists, most notably Frank Stella, Sol LeWitt, Sandy Skoglund and Stella's assistant, Earl Childress. In the fall of 1990, while waiting to hear if he would be able to join LeWitt's Wall Drawing Team, Johnson was offered a studio assistant job with Sam Francis and this is what landed him in Palo Alto. He has since divided his time between California and Europe.
In 2007 he was an artist-in-residence at the Josef and Anni Albers Foundation in Bethany, Connecticut. His paintings can be found in over 700 private collections and 12 U.S. museums. His work has been the subject of solo-exhibitions in Milan, New York, Santa Fe, San Francisco, Los Angeles, St. Helena, Oakland, Portland, and Scottsdale. Johnson's paintings have also appeared in many feature films and television shows including The Holiday (2006), It's Complicated (2009), The Lodger (2009), Crazy, Stupid, Love (2011), and The Mindy Project.
- Huffington Post article (Apr 2012)
- American Contemporary Art article (March 2012)
- Huffington Post article (March 2012)
- Chris Busa interviews Mitchell Johnson WOMR Provincetown Radio (Aug 2011)
- InMenlo article (Nov 2010)
- Smithsonian Archives American Art (Sept 2008)
- Teleculture article (Jan 2005)
- Mitchell Johnson website: paintings, exhibits, biography
- Mitchell Johnson at Terrence Rogers Fine Art
- Palo Alto Online (May 2007)
- Los Gatos Art Museum presents itsmost important show ever' 12/29/2008
- Mitchell Johnson: Paintings (1997) by Donia Bijan and Annette Samec-Luciani
- Mitchell Johnson: Paesaggio e non Paesaggio (1999) by Martina Corgnati, W.S. DiPiero, and Claude Pichevin
- Mitchell Johnson: Selected Work (2001) by W.S. DiPiero and Sara Fontana
- Mitchell Johnson (2004) by Peter Campion
- Mitchell Johnson: New Paintings (2005) by Mitchell Johnson & Peter Campion
- Mitchell Johnson: Color, Context and Perception (2006) by Mitchell Johnson
- Mitchell Johnson Doppio Binario (2007) by Marilena Pasquali
- Mitchell Mitchell Johnson: Concerning Color (2008) by Mitchell Johnson & Deborah Trilling
- Mitchell Johnson: Here and Now (2008) by Mitchell Johnson
- Peter Selz Interviews Mitchell Johnson (2009) by Peter Selz & Mitchell Johnson
- Mitchell Johnson: Color Lessons (2011) by Peter Campion & Mitchell Johnson
- Mitchell Johnson: Are You Going with Me? (2012) by Mitchell Johnson
- Mitchell Johnson: Paintings from the Road (2013) by Raymond Berry & Mitchell Johnson