Gregory Johnson

Artist Gregory Johnson was born on January 30th, 1955, in Chicago Illinois. His early training includes the Art Institute of Chicago and tutoring by several world-class artists. An art scholarship sent him to Bowling Green State University in Ohio in 1973. Later, after winning the Elizabeth Stein Award of Art Excellence Scholarship, he traveled to Illinois State University, where he studied sculpture, painting, and art history for the following six years. He traveled through Europe and the Mediterranean, touring major Art museums for the entire summer through an International Studies Program. After graduating from ISU with a Masters of Science in Art, he began his chosen career as an artist. His work has sold well in the gallery environment, and resulted in numerous awards, commissions, reviews and one-man exhibitions. 

In 1981 he moved to the Southeast to begin his career anew. The region offered many new challenges and sites to paint. His first art exhibitions in Atlanta were received very well, resulting in the establishment of the artist's first studio in north Georgia. He has created public art works in Cumming-Forsyth County, Blairesville-Union County, Blue Ridge-Fannin County, Dahlonegha-Lumpkin County, Athens Classic Center, Fayetteville, Thomaston, Barnesville, and Gainesville. Other works are located in numerous Museums, and Corporate and Private Collections throughout the United States, Europe, Costa Rica, and the Middle East.

Currently, the artist resides in Forsyth County, Georgia with his sons Alexander and Ellery where he professionally pursues his career of making art.

Artist’s Statement:
From my earliest recollections, my work has always been representational in nature. It reflects a strong European tradition of a softly detailed surface quality, while expressing the energy and vitality of contemporary life.

The first step, which is the most important for me, is to capture the "PRESENCE" of the moment; this is done by creating a feeling of character, selecting the most expressive composition, and enhancing the feeling of movement. Artists describe this ability to capture movement as being gesturely rich. Even static objects can have an intrinsic feeling of movement. 

With my sculpting tools, I look for ways to have a rich texture, while having a faithful and sensitive relationship to the meticulous detail of the object being depicted. While I have a clear personal vision of where the artwork is headed, I do yield to the surprises often discovered in the process.

Gregory Johnson