Dean new haircutWelcome to Dean Johnson Art Studio!

Artist’s Statement – I am exploring the phenomenon of signification, or the representation of ideas by way of simplified signs or icons. Using cutout and collage techniques, I examine sacred and secular iconography, calling attention to their archetypal underpinnings. I continue to feel the pull of a childhood devoted in equal parts to the Bible and Marvel Comics.


Dean Johnson is a gay artist living in Chicago with his husband, author Jerry Sacher. He studied Fine Art at Columbia College Chicago, where he earned his Bachelor Degree. He serves on the Board of Directors for Chicago Publishers Resource Center (ChiPRC) and is its Arts Coordinator. He was named a Top-rated Teacher by Dabble for his art workshops. He is a co-founder of Northside Independent Artists (NIA), which produces and curates art shows. He was Lead Organizer for Art on Ashland, the East Village Art Walk. Dean’s work has appeared in the Alumni on 5 exhibit, at Catholic Charities Gala of the Arts at Navy Pier, and in a long-running exhibit at Natural Elements Salon. Dean’s commissions include numerous portrait paintings, as well as postcard designs for theater companies TUTA and Darknight Theatrical Productions; flyer designs for rock band Arch Visceral Parlor and DJ Elle Madelyn; logo designs for Souls Journey Life Coaching and Athletic Souls; and illustrations for author John Wawrzaszek.

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  1. Hello Dean,
    Nice art work! Could you please tell me if you would allow us to use your B+W line art drawings in a flyer we are creating? We are a non-profit organization based in Canada and the U.S. promoting the message of Fatima.
    Thank you,

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