Biography

For more than two decades, Geoffrey Johnson has mesmerized viewers with his quietly introspective paintings that capture the mood and character of the contemporary urban landscape as well as timeless interiors. Using an impressionistic style, Johnson’s work lies in that seductive space between realism and abstraction. Much like Hopper before him, Johnson’s paintings evoke the isolation and loneliness of the big city. Or the moodiness of a private space.

Johnson’s style has resulted in powerful imagery which offers little details to figure and form. Drawn to New York City for the many recognizable architectural landmarks it offers, Johnson “(wants) to show people juxtaposed with the architecture, and create different moods and feelings for each piece.” When painting his trademark urban landscapes, he tends towards a monochromatic approach to recreate the feeling of anonymity in the city. The limited palette “is a result of how I see it and I don’t think these scenes call for color. I keep the figures silhouetted and the architecture limited as well because the paintingsare not about those things. They are more based on the feelings one gets from the city. The limited or lack of color is all they call for.”

Johnson has also “always been attracted to interiors, work spaces ….. personal spaces,” where he can experiment with brighter colors and the detail and beauty of historic homes. Inspired by a box of sepia toned photographs found in an attic, the artist has created many sepia toned interior scenes, as well ones “where I used quite a bit of color…….it is a nice breakaway, temporarily to get away from the monochromatic palette.”

For Johnson, “each painting is 1000 different decisions, thoughts and feelings.” The result becomes timeless scenes “dancing on the water of abstraction or of just being.”

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1965   Born in Greensboro, North Carolina

1993   Graduate, Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

 

Selected Solo Exhibitions

2020 Principle Gallery, Alexandria, Virginia

2019 Hubert Gallery, New York City

         Principle Gallery, Alexandria, Virginia

2018 Hubert Gallery, New York City

         Principle Gallery, Alexandria, Virginia

2017 Hubert Gallery, New York City

         Principle Gallery, Alexandria, Virginia

2016  Hubert Gallery, New York City

         Principle Gallery, Alexandria, Virginia

2015  Hubert Gallery, New York City

2014  Hubert Gallery, New York City

2013  Hubert Gallery, New York City

         Principle Gallery, Alexandria, Virginia

2012  Hubert Gallery, New York City

         Principle Gallery, Alexandria, Virginia

2011  Hubert Gallery, New York City

2010  Hubert Gallery, New York City

2009   Hubert Gallery, New York City

         Shain Fine Art, Charlotte, North Carolina  

         Principle Gallery, Alexandria, Virginia

2008   Hubert Gallery, New York City

         Shain Fine Art, Charlotte, North Carolina  

         Principle Gallery, Alexandria, Virginia

2007   Hubert Gallery, New York City

         Shain Fine Art, Charlotte, North Carolina  

         Principle Gallery, Alexandria, Virginia

2006   Hubert Gallery, New York City

         Shain Fine Art, Charlotte, North Carolina

         Principle Gallery, Alexandria, Virginia

2005   Hubert Gallery, New York City

         Shain Fine Art, Charlotte, North Carolina

2004   Hubert Gallery, New York City

         Lagerquist Gallery, Atlanta, Georgia

2003   Hubert Gallery, New York City

2002   Hubert Gallery, New York City

Shain Fine Art, Charlotte, North Carolina

2001   Brenau University, Gainesville, Georgia

Lagerquist Gallery, Atlanta, Georgia

2000   Shain Fine Art, Charlotte, North Carolina

1999   Lagerquist Gallery, Atlanta, Georgia

1998   Atlanta Financial Center, Atlanta, Georgia

         Shain Fine Art, Charlotte, North Carolina

1997   Union Theological Seminary, New York City

         Lagerquist Gallery, Atlanta, Georgia

1996   The Masters Studio, Pasadena, California

1993   Compton Gallery, Greensboro, North Carolina

 

 

SELECTED GROUP EXHIBITIONS

2014   Principle Gallery, Alexandria, Virginia

2012   Principle Gallery, Alexandria, Virginia

2011   Boston International Fine Arts Show

2010   Principle Gallery, Alexandria, Virginia

         Boston International Fine Arts Show

2006   Boston International Fine Arts Show

2005   Salon d’ Arts, Denver, Colorado

2004   Salon d’ Arts, Denver, Colorado

2001   Hubert Gallery, New York City

2000   Hubert Gallery, New York City

1999   Hubert Gallery, New York City

1998   Hubert Gallery, New York City

         Montgomery Museum of Fine Arts, Montgomery, Alabama

1997   Hubert Gallery, New York City

1996   Perry House Galleries, Alexandria, Virginia

1995   Lagerquist Gallery, Atlanta, Georgia

1989   Fayetteville Museum ofArt, Fayetteville, North Carolina

 

COLLECTIONS 

Brenau University, Gainesville, Georgia

Emory University, Atlanta, Georgia

Coca Cola Family Collection, Atlanta, Georgia

Turner Broadcasting, Atlanta, Georgia

BellSouth Corporate, Atlanta, Georgia

Rohm & Haas, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Erskin College, Columbia, South Carolina

 

AWARDS

NC Watercolor Society Annual Award, Fayetteville Museum of Art, 1988

Campbell Soup Company Scholarship, 1990

Pennsylvania Academy, Purchase Prize, 1992

Pennsylvania Academy, Philadelphia Water Color Club Purchase, 1993

Pennsylvania Academy, Purchase Prize, 1993

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