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 Robert A. Johnson  (1942 - )

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Lived/Active: Virginia      Known for: still life, figure and landscape painting, drawing

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Robert Johnson believes, "that drawing is the most important element in the foundation of realistic art. I have pursued drawing vigorously, not unusually putting in twelve to fourteen hour days working at it," Johnson said. "The Art Student's League of New York has been important to me in developing my draftsman skills." Johnson first studied briefly with the late Robert Beverly Hale, an instructor in anatomy and drawing, and later with Michael Burban, his successor at the Art Student's League.

After several years of practicing law, Johnson packed all of his belongings and headed for Europe. He spent two years living in the small rural German village of Kleiningersheim. While in Kleiningersheim, he learned German, read a lot and traveled to see the art Europe had to offer.

Johnson's works hang in many private collections in the United States and abroad. While he has worked in pastels, watercolors and all drawing media, the majority of his works are done in oil.

Johnson was named the 1991 still life artist of the year by The Artist's Magazine. He has received the much coveted Salmagundi Award and has had his work featured in the private collection of the Art Student's League.

Johnson's art echoes the classical respect for strong skillful drawing and the foundation of good painting. "I believe that drawing is the most important element in the foundation of realistic art.  I have pursued drawing vigorously, not unusually putting in twelve to fourteen hour days working at it," Johnson said. "The Art Student's League of New York has been important to me in developing my draftsman skills.  I first studied briefly with the late Robert Beverly Hale, probably the greatest instructor ever in anatomy and drawing, and later witah Michael Burban, his successor at the Art Student's League."

After several years of practicing law, Johnson packed all of his belongings and headed for Europe.  He spent two years living in the small rural German village of Kleiningersheim. "While in Kleiningersheim I learned German, read a lot and traveled to see the best art Europe had to offer.  I feel that making the change in my life gave me confidence to make whatever changes might be necessary to live a fruitful life including giving art my best effort."The artists Johnson admires include Rembrandt, Velasquez and Halsall.  He was also influenced by the nineteenth and early twentieth century painter Anders Zorn (Sweden), Joaquin Sorolla (Spain), William Merrit Chase (USA), and Winslow Homer (USA). He was also influenced by the contemporary teacher and master painter David Leffel.

Johnson's works hang in many private collections in the United States and abroad. While he has worked in pastels, watercolors and all drawing media, the majority of is works are done in oil. "For me oil in the king of all mediums. It gives color and richness, a range of transparency with color," Johnson said. "I love the beauty of the paint itself, the lushness and richness, color and texture. It's not shoveling the paint on the canvas that attracts me.  It is the fact that in one painting you can have lush thickness in one part and a very thin area in another part," he added.

Johnson was named the 1991 still life artist of the year by The Artist's Magazine.  He has received the Salmagundi Award and has had his work featured in the private collection of the Art Student's League.

Source:
Kent Whipple, Art Professional

Biography from Trailside Galleries:
Robert Johnson, b., Hopewell, Virginia, (United States)

Robert Johnson's art echoes the classical respect for strong skillful drawing and the foundation of good painting. He notes, "I believe that drawing is the most important element in the foundation of realistic art. I have pursued drawing vigorously, often putting in twelve to fourteen hour days working at it. The Art Student's League of New York has been important to me in developing my draftsman skills. I first studied briefly with the late Robert Beverly Hale, probably the greatest instructor ever in anatomy and drawing, and later with Michael Burban, his successor at The Art Student's League."

After several years of practicing law, Johnson packed all of his belongings and headed for Europe. He spent two years living in the small rural German village of Kleiningersheim. "While in Kleiningersheim I learned German, read a lot and traveled to see the best art Europe had to offer. I feel that making the change in my life gave me confidence to make whatever changes might be necessary to live a fruitful life, including giving art my best effort.” The artists that Johnson admires include Rembrandt, Velasquez and Halsall. He has also been influenced by the nineteenth and early twentieth century painter Anders Zorn (Sweden), Joaquin Sorolla (Spain), William Merrit Chase (USA), Winslow Homer (USA), and by the contemporary teacher and master painter David Leffel.

While he has worked in pastels, watercolors and all drawing media, the majority of Robert’s works are done in oil. "For me, oil is the king of all mediums. It gives color and richness, a range of transparency with color.” Johnson said. "I love the beauty of the paint itself, the lushness and richness, color and texture. It's not shoveling the paint on the canvas that attracts me. It is the fact that in one painting you can have lush thickness in one part and a very thin area in another part”

Education
• B.A., Duke University
• Duke University Law School, J.D.
• Art Students League of New York

Selected Exhibitions
• Gilcrease Museum, Tulsa, OK, 2013
• Salmagundi Club
• Knickerbocker Artists
• National Watercolor Society
• Oil Painters of America
• National Arts for the Parks
• Portrait Institute in New York

Selected Publications
Learning from the Great Masters of Today: by Cindy Salaski, North Light Books(scheduled for publication 2014)
On Becoming a Painter, Robert A. Johnson, Sunflower Publishing, New York, NY
The Best of Flower Painting II: North Light Books, 1999
The Simple Secret to Better Painting: by Greg Albert, North Light Books, 2003

Selected Press
American Art Collector Magazine, The Painter’s Painter, March, 2010
Art of the West, Color Magician, November-December, 2010
Southwest Art, Cover Article, ; Santa Fe, NM, December, 2001
American Artist Magazine, February, 2002
The Artist’s Magazine, The Fearless Painter, May, 2003
Focus/Santa Fe, April/May. 2001
The Artist’s Magazine, December, 1993

Affiliations
• Art Students League of New York, Life Member
• Signature Member Allied Artists, New York
• Signature Member Oil Painters of America

Awards
• Oil Painters of America Award of Excellence, Oil Painters of America Eastern Regional Show, 2011
• American Art Collector Magazine $14000 Award of Excellence, Oil Painters of America, Santa Fe NM, 2009
• Oil Painters of America, Fredericksburg, TX, 2007
• United States Arts For the Parks Finalist, 2000
• Oil Painters of America, America Frames Award, 1998
• Allied Artists of America, Florence Thorne and Earnest Thompson Award, 1998
• Salmagundi Club, Non Members National Competition, First Prize, 1997
• Artist in Residence, Dinan, France, Summer 1997
• United States Arts for the Parks, Finalist, 1997
• Washington Society of Portrait Artist Finalist, 1997
• Salmagundi Club, Jacqueline Fox Award, 1996
• Finalist, National Portrait Competition, The Portrait Institute, NY, 1996
• The Artist's Magazine National Competition, First Prize Florals, 1993
• The Artist’s Magazine, Still Life Artist of The Year, 1991
• Salmagundi Club, Salmagundi Award
• Oil Painters of America, Maimeri: Award of Excellence
• Fine Art Connoisseur magazine Award of Excellence

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