Stephen T. Johnson

Queen (collage for DeKalb Ave Subway)FirecrackerAva in BlueConcentrationDotty DiptychNocturneLEIAPOP!Standing Nude with DrapeNight ShiftReclining NudeVariations on a VerticalGolden SectionsKing (collage for DeKalb Ave Subway)ZurückMorning BreezePop QuizRhythmic TransformationsOcean IIArrangement No. 1Wild OrangeTriptych
Stephen JohnsonStephen T. Johnson has is a highly versatile American artist who has been creating figurative work for over 22 years.  Just to name a few, he has been commissioned by Time Magazine, various Sports magazines and the Missouri State Ballet.  The figurative art shown here is a minute display of his vast capabilities.   These five nudes depict the human form in various expressive positions.  Stephen works from live models, yet takes artistic liberties in tone, color and pose, keeping his work gestural and loose.  His common focus in all his art is on edges; soft verses hard, line, tones, and noticeable brush strokes.  Featured in the National Portrait Gallery at the Smithsonian in Washington, DC, Stephen’s figure works spans to a mass audience.

His visually arresting and conceptually rich body of work forges connections between words, objects and ideas. His art spans a broad range of concepts, contexts and mediums including painting, collage, drawing, sculpture and installations and can be seen in museum and gallery exhibitions, site-specific public art commissions, and through his original award-winning children’s books.

Much of Johnson’s work is characterized by an interest in the alphabet and language, which began with his book Alphabet City, a Caldecott Honor and New York Times Best Illustrated Book of the Year. His most recent engagement with the alphabet is his ongoing series of “literal abstractions” which are the subject of his book A is for Art: An Abstract Alphabet, also a New York Times Best Illustrated Book of the Year, and a solo exhibition at the Mulvane Art Museum at Washburn University, Topeka, Kansas.

Johnson’s drawings and paintings are in numerous private and permanent collections, including the National Portrait Gallery at the Smithsonian Institution in Washington D.C. and the New Britain Museum of Art, Connecticut. Solo exhibitions of his work have been featured at the Memorial Art Gallery at the University of Rochester, New York; the Katonah Museum of Art, New York; and the Spencer Museum of Art at the University of Kansas.

Among his public art is a large mosaic mural at the DeKalb Avenue subway station in Brooklyn, New York and a 58-foot long mural at the Universal City Metro Station in North Hollywood, California.

Stephen T. Johnson’s Biography
Stephen T. Johnson’s Curriculum Vitae


Artist Reception at Weinberger Fine Art – “Abstractions” by Stephen T. Johnson
Press Release – Feb 2012 :: “Abstractions” by Stephen T. Johnson