Mr. Johnson, a mature artist born in 1944 in Hawley Minnesota has worked in Minneapolis since his student days at the University of Minnesota where he received his BFA and MFA both in printmaking. He has since worked in painting--acrylic on canvas and now for many years, acrylic on paper. As a painterly abstractionist working extemporaneously, Mr. Johnson's work references architectural and landscape forms with frequent symbolic elements. His printmaking background reveals itself uniquely in various modes of paint application and in the graphic character of his images that are dynamic and atmospheric.
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David Abel Johnson is the recipient of a National Endowment For The Arts Artists Fellowship, a Minnesota State Arts Board Artists Fellowship and a Yaddo residency. Mr. Johnson has had more than 35 solo exhibitions and over 45 group exhibitions including the Tweed Museum in Duluth (solo),the Bernal Gallery in Chicago (solo), the Forum Gallery in Minneapolis, the Westbroadway Gallery in New York (solo) and many college, university and art center galleries. He is represented in public, corporate and personal collections. In 1980 he retired to paint from teaching as Assistant Professor and Art Department Chair at Bethel College (now Bethel University) St. Paul. He also taught at the University of Minnesota, Northwestern College (now the University of Northwestern, St.Paul) and Macalester College, St.Paul.
Hi David, It's so good to hear from you. There were many notable things you said when I was at Bethel that I like to quote (I hope not misquote). There was a long time in which I was producing hardly any artwork, but the Lord arranged things in such a way several years ago that painting has become my primary occupation. I guess I should post some pictures. I am really enjoying looking at the paintings you've put up: they are as fun and good natured as I remember from so long ago.
I still have family in Minnesota and Anita and I would love to reconnect with you and Marilyn some time when we are up there.