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 Wesley E. Johnson  (1934 - )

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Lived/Active: California      Known for: abstract expressionism, murals

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BIOGRAPHY for Wesley Johnson
1934 (Ojai, California)

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abstract expressionism, murals

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Born in Ojai, California, Wesley Johnson is an Abstract Expressionist with strong influences from Cubism and Impressionism. His work has run the gamut from figurative murals painted on the commissary walls at Fort Ord, to large, colorful abstract oils and acrylics on canvas. Some Johnson murals are painted on the walls and ceilings of centuries-old building in Milan and Paris. Other works are in an ultramodern "grave de egglomises" process that involves removing the silver backing from mirrors and painting into the etched surface, giving a multidimensional effect that seems to surround the viewer.

He became involved with art while a student at Ventura College, where he had originally planned to study engineering. He continued his art education at the University of California at Santa Barbara, working under influential painter and theoretician Howard Warshaw.

Johnson's long and varied career has included a stint in the U.S. Army, restoring the etching plates of noted American Western artist John Edward Borein, and many years of teaching at Ventura College. He has been the recipient of numerous awards, including the prestigious James D. Phelan Award for Literature and Art.

Written and Submitted May 2004 by Charles Benton.

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