Gavin Johnson Artist


Gavin Johnson wasborn in the Bronx, New York in 1982 and raised in London. His firstexperiences as an artist were when he was exposed tohis mother's and aunt’s artwork, as well has having a few famoussingers and actors in the family. His love for comics and sci fi filmsopened the door to new and exciting worlds. 

His influences camedirectly from his family members and their creativity as well asartists such as Gary Frank, Gustav Klimt, Mark Rothko, Colin Chillagand Ernie Barnes.

It felt natural forGavin to go into the arts having been surrounded by so many successfulartists. It helped him cultivate a broad appreciation of different formsof art, and the environment he was in allowed him to explore freely.

Gavin believes thatthe greatest gift bestowed upon us is the ability to create and that weare all artists in our own way, expressing ourselves in different formats.Gavin studied GSCE art but did not continue in his studies at thatstage due to the lack of confidence and encouragement from teachers, doing hisdegree in economics and later becoming a professional athlete. Butart never left his mind or heart, drawing and going to gallerieswhere he could. 

A definingexperience sculpting in Paris ignited his passions onceagain prompting him to pursue a career in art. He researched and plannedwhilst competing winning national titles, and when lockdown happenedin 2019 it gave him the perfect opportunity to explore hisrelatively dormant creative side.

Gavin explored theworld of abstract at for the first time having previous focused on portrait andcomic art. He expanded his knowledge of abstract art throughwatching and reading about Hilma Af Klint and Wassily Kandinsky thefounders of abstract art and its development to the post-modern eraof Jackson Pollock and Mark Rothko. Enthralled by their beliefsand expression through art, conveying the intangibles through colour andseemingly random patterns. It was liberating for Gavin, challenging him todepict a story using nonliteral images.

With agreat understanding of this style Gavin relishes theopportunity to express himself without the need for form or somethingrecognisable, it allowed him to simply be and express freefrom regulation and order. Gavin is passionate about the workhe does and looks forward to growing ashe explores and expands upon this style for many years to come.

His current artwork explores the themes of love, growth, and development in its many forms through abstract shapes and patterns, blending colours that irrevocably speak to us on an existential level. He challenges his self to convey the link between us and the intangible feeling we all have through his series drawing influences from his life experiences,psychological studies, tribal patterns, and colours. 

Gavin feels that this art form and the way the colours blend perfectly depict the relative state we are all in, showing that we are made up of different feelings and emotions as we move through life. The movement of the paint jumps off the canvas giving it a real injection of life that we all can relate to. Gavin relishes finding novel and creative ways to show the intangible things that contribute to the strong bounds we create with each other.

I work primarily with acrylic paint, and I currently work from my art studio space in Brixton, London.


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