In the USA, if you travel from northern Utah to Arizona, you cannot fail to notice the subtle changes in terrain that turns from snow-capped peaks to grass-lined valleys and then to pine forests and desert moonscapes of rock and sand. This changing landscape remained stuck in young Brett Allen Johnson’s mind, whenever he traveled with his family between these two states.
Johnson was no stranger to painting since his grandmother was a watercolor artist who loved to paint the Southwest. Her artwork made a deep impression on his mind. However, seeing no potential as a professional artist, he started his career as a carpenter and build homes and mansions for 16 long years. One day, he decided to take up the brush and attended Utah Valley State College, where he explored graphic design. After three years, he ventured on his own to do a different kind of art.
Johnson initially followed in his grandmother’s footsteps by painting the Southwest. Slowly his works started leaning towards expressionism, modernism, and abstraction. He experimented using complex forms, vivid colors, and hard edges and produced stunning results. His art received a boost once he visited the Wide-Open Spaces exhibition at the BYU Museum of Art and discovered the work of Maynard Dixon and the members of the Taos Society of Artists.
Johnson’s works, displayed at Maxwell Alexander Gallery in Los Angeles, USA, catapulted him to fame. He went on to grab the center stage in his own solo shows.
Brett Allen Johnson
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