David Abel Johnson

Artists Statement

My work in painting is pretty straight-forward. It grows out of abstract expressionism as tempered by pop art and some other things. My interests, from childhood on, were largely in structure, and a physical sense of structure is evident in most of the paintings. Much of this structure relates to the edge. That seems to be a special focus for me. I seem to be drawn to format, in particular the flat rectangle, which I very much like but which seems to have fallen out of favor. It is nonetheless somewhat of a commitment for me.

There are internal formats too, drawn from previous work and from previous subjects, some from long ago. I seldom work directly from life but I am perpetually involved in looking in more or less formal terms; interior views, exterior rural, and especially urban landscapes-these I am continually analyzing, dissecting, and reconstructing. This process, and these forms and relationships, find their way into the painting process and into the paintings themselves.

There is frequently also a symbolic dimension to be found to some extent in most of the paintings, ranging from specific elements to general mood. It has developed gradually over time, is usually intuitive, not planned, being recognized by me only in retrospect. For the most part the paintings are about their visual dynamics, very much about composition. I am interested in activating the space in the painting and in the room where the painting is placed. They are to be enjoyed.