I am a painter. In an age of appropriation, collage, and disjunction I have elected to create single images on single surfaces by hand. The traditional techniques of painting, exploring the properties of pigments and mediums, glazing and surface, are of primary importance. Regardless of subject matter, be it landscape, portrait, or interior, I seek to find my voice through paint, process and the self-revealments that exist by being a maker.
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Douglas Johnson graduated from Normal Community High School and Illinois State University. He holds a masters degree in Studio Art from ISU. He earned a Master of Fine Arts degree in painting from Northern Illinois University.
He serves on the executive board of Arts Alliance Illinois, and is the past president of the Bloomington Rotary Club. Additionally, he founded and serves as president of the Area Arts Round Table (a consortium of McLean County Arts programmers) and is past co-chair of the Local Arts Network (a statewide group of executive directors at cultural institutions).
A practicing artist, his paintings are in many public and private collections across the county.