fine art :: illustration :: design
mural :: sound :: instruction
Adrian Johnston was born in Tennessee. He studied Drawing and Painting at the University of Iowa, exterior Mural at Massart, and continued on to study and teach in Guizhou University College of Art. Adrian currently resides in Boston, where he works as an artist and illustrator with his wife and two children.
About the Work and the Process:
Painting is very like skin—thin ephemeral layers composed of supernumerary marks; a formless whole that speaks of identity, whether through its minute linear swatches, or the reflection of the architecture and systems it covers. And perhaps, like the living organ, painting is a journey on which one never knows the destination.
Drawing is the practice of collecting and ordering values through the sharpest of divisions. The line—the coursing vein of inspiration—becomes story, prophetic and well-chewed, an active portrait whose silhouette contains all possibilities, and an atmosphere in which to learn the objective, to realize the divide between surface and form, and discover the personality in the abstract.
These oil, tempera, acrylic, graphite, ink, pigment, pixel and vectored artworks are the transparent surfaces, spelled out in the skin definitive of architectural constructions, in the fingerprinting of the human figure in landscape, and in the physical surface of material–the artistic medium itself.