b. 1968, USA

Chris Johanson Biography

California-native Chris Johanson is a key member of San Francisco’s Mission School. Johanson engages with the meditative qualities of art-making and sincere direct communication through painting and sculpture. Johanson’s work plays between the techniques of figuration and abstraction, as he sees these two modes of working as interconnected expressions of strong beliefs in environmentalism, compassion and peaceful co-existence.

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Chris Johanson was born in San Jose, California in 1968 and is based in Portland. He has exhibited widely in museums and galleries internationally over the past decade. His work has been the subject of solo shows at the Portland Museum of Art in Portland, Oregon (2014); LA MoCA Pacific Design Center in Los Angeles, California (2013); and the Modern Institute in Glasgow, United Kingdom (2013). Johanson has been featured in important group exhibitions including Glasgow International 2012 and the 2002 Whitney Biennial. Johanson’s work is included in the public collections of the Ackland Art Museum at The University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill; the Hammer Museum at the University of California, Los Angeles; the Institute of Contemporary Art, Miami; the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (SFMoMA), San Francisco and the Whitney Museum of American Art, New York.

Text courtesy Mitchell-Innes & Nash.

Chris Johanson Featured Artworks

And, With by Chris Johanson contemporary artwork painting
Chris Johanson And, With, 2020–2021 Acrylic on canvas
42.5 x 38.2 x 2.5 cm
The Modern Institute Contact Gallery
To Pathway, Away by Chris Johanson contemporary artwork painting
Chris Johanson To Pathway, Away, 2020–2021 Acrylic on canvas in reclaimed timber frame
61.4 x 44.7 x 3.5 cm
The Modern Institute Contact Gallery
Is, With, Is by Chris Johanson contemporary artwork painting
Chris Johanson Is, With, Is, 2020–2021 Acrylic on canvas
155 x 228.5 x 2.5 cm
The Modern Institute Contact Gallery
Portland, San Jose, The Self, and Others by Chris Johanson contemporary artwork painting
Chris Johanson Portland, San Jose, The Self, and Others, 2020–2021 Acrylic on canvas with reclaimed timber frame
63.6 x 70.5 x 3.5 cm
The Modern Institute Contact Gallery
Los Angeles, Gravity, and Diversity in 2016 by Chris Johanson contemporary artwork painting
Chris Johanson Los Angeles, Gravity, and Diversity in 2016, 2016 Acrylic and household paint on found wood
88 x 98 x 8 cm
The Modern Institute Contact Gallery

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