What a great year! Technology was my best tool, as I focused my energy on creating digital Pop Art and setting up my Etsy and Society6 stores. The other great technological asset was Instagram, which continued to connect me with an amazing community of art lovers!
Here are my most popular Instagram posts for 2017. From left to right, beginning with the top row: Drama Hands digital art, Strawberry Boy painting (framed), Ecstasy plexi painting, Morning Boy digital art (framed), Nude with Violin drawing, Dean hanging artwork, Big Guy drawing (censored), Immaculate Conception illustration (published in Give Us This Day magazine), and Pop Faces mug.
I can’t help but notice that 55% of the most popular posts are nudes! Perhaps this means I should invest more time in art that celebrates the human body. What do you think?
Enjoy whatever it is you do to finish out 2017, my beautiful Pop People, and HAPPY NEW YEAR!!
You’ve heard of Giving Tuesday, right? Chicago Publishers Resource Center is doing a fundraiser today to repair a reclaimed copy machine. We got it for free, but it needs two repairs to get it up and running. Today only, the Gates Foundation is matching donations made through this Facebook page!
If you’ve checked out our workshops, live music shows, or art exhibits (like the one at the left), please do us a solid. This copier will add to your experience, letting you pop in during Open Hours (Sundays) to make a copy, or use the machine during a workshop. Imagine being able to make and print a zine in one stop!!
I periodically update my Artist’s Statement and Bio to reflect what I am working on. I just made some changes yesterday, so this is the perfect time for me to reintroduce myself!
Artist’s Statement – I have a holistic approach to art, seeing no distinction between high and low, or between sacred and secular. My influences range from Jack Kirby and Filmation Studios to Andy Warhol and Fra Angelico. Whatever is bold and exciting catches my eye. Using acrylic paint or cutout and collage, I manufacture pure pop pleasure. I continue to feel the pull of a childhood devoted in equal parts to the Bible and Marvel Comics.
Bio – Dean Johnson developed his pop art brand at Columbia College Chicago, where he studied under Corey Postiglione, Carol Halliday-McQueen, and Louise LeBourgeois. For over 10 years he served and inspired his community by organizing group art shows, workshops, and a neighborhood art walk. Dean’s work has appeared in the Alumni on 5 exhibit and at Navy Pier. Dean’s commissions include numerous portrait paintings, as well as postcard designs and corporate logos.
Lead Organizer for Art on Ashland, the East Village Art Walk, in 2015
Board Member for ChiPRC, the Chicago Publishers Resource Center
Led over 20 art workshops over 2 years; partnered with 5 organizations
Was named Top-Rated Teacher by Dabble for art workshops
Lead Organizer for NIA (Northside Independent Artists) for 3 years
Curated 3 group shows, working with 5 other artists
Most successful show, Chicago Art, sold 65 pieces
Participated in 11 exhibits, including Catholic Charities Gala of the Arts
Designed original logos for companies Athletic Souls and The Souls Journey
Illustrated John Wawrzaszek’s book, Field Manual: Human Body
Generated promo images for CAKE fundraisers, 2012 and 2013
Founding member of Third Thursday Club, which offered monthly figure drawing
Designed postcards for theater companies including TUTA
Designed flyers for rock band Arch Visceral Parlor and DJ Elle Madelyn