Christopher Johnson received his B.A. from Central Washington University in 1993 and his M.F.A. from The School of the Art Institute of Chicago in 1996. Johnson’s work transcends traditional techniques of representation. Johnson uses computer software to create hauntingly beautiful worlds of machines, spirits, people, and exquisite complicated landscapes. His work is presented on many surfaces, from large-scale canvas prints, presented in Brazil, to small box installations of striking religious nature. “My work captures thoughts and feelings that have flown around interacting with other people and places before coming back to materialize,” Johnson states. Johnson’s work has garnered international renown with a number of high profile projects.
In 1999, he was included in Art in the Digital Age by Bruce Wands a historical survey of digital art. The image, “technodarhma” has been published in books and magazines in the U.S. and Europe. In a solo show in 2012, as part of the on-going project “5 circuit model of life”, his life-themed “Birth” and “mid-life” animations filled the School of Communication gallery, greeting viewers with sound and animation along-side printed work as they walked around the space. In 2008, Johnson presented a stark representation of machine and nature titled “Coming Soon Buy Now” in the show “Landscape at Risk, Contemporary Views of the West.”
Additionally his work was included at MacWorld Expo Digital Art Gallery, New York, NY and Digital art in a Traditional World, Long Beach Arts Gallery, Long Beach, CA. He received first place, a prize of “most excellent”, at the SOKI, International Illustration CyberNet Competition. Johnson’s work is permanently included in the New Mexico State University collection and is seen in private collections throughout the U.S., Europe, Asia and South America.
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