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Mitchell Johnson

N. California artist whose paintings have appeared regularly in the New York Times Magazine since 2012. 28 museum collections. Husband of @doniabijan

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"Lower East Side," 2018 24x34 inches I posted a detail of this two weeks ago. Here's the whole painting. It's a collage of two views. It's a totally different painting if you remove that ladder. #newyorkcity #newyorkfashionweek #newyorklife #lowereastside #watertower #mitchelljohnson #abstractart #abstractpainting #pleinairpainting

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Save the date. I'll be giving a talk as part of Woodside Arts and Culture monthly first Friday events. #mitchelljohnson #woodside #california #colortheory #interactionofcolor #siliconvalley #siliconvalleylife #paloalto #menlopark #atherton #portolavalley #sanfrancisco

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This painting, Georgetown Two, is on page 53 of today's #nytimesmagazine. This view stopped me in my tracks during a campus tour last year. One of the oddest combinations of #architecture I've seen. When I was a student at the #washingtonstudioschool in 1987 we had a fundraising dinner in one of these buildings. Can't believe it's 30 years since I used to paint on the street near this campus. Time goes by. This painting is sold. There's a larger version available. #mitchelljohnson #pleinairpainting #abstractart #abstractpainting #interactionofcolor #georgetown #georgetownuniversity

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"Reykjavik," 2018 21x27 inches oil/linen . I work on a lot of paintings at the same time and I often find a color unexpectedly and switch to another painting. I want to see something new happen when I go to the studio. I collage views, I add and subtract chimneys. There's no idea of realism or fidelity or reportage. It's more a kin to songwriting and there are good days and bad days. The awful days usually are followed eventually by good days. A lot of people say the paintings look happy. When they come together, they lift me up from my usual funk. Dark helps you understand light. Please watch for one of my #Georgetownuniversity paintings on page 53 of this weekend's #nytimesmagazine. #nytimes #newyorktimes #iceland #reykjavik #mitchelljohnson #abstractart #abstractpainting #interactionofcolor

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This is a detail of one of my Lower East Side paintings I started in NYC a month ago. You can see one of my California landscapes on page 73 of this weekend's NY Times Magazine. My interest in the watertowers is related to the houses and buildings I use in compositions from Europe and the Cape where the scale is ambiguous, unfamiliar. Who has ever touched a water tower and knows their scale when they see them in person or in a painting? You can hold a rose in your hand and in this painting a water tower is about that size yet we assign it a different scale like the moon. This composition is a collage of different times of day and different views. The goal is to make something interesting not something realistic. #mitchelljohnson #watertowers #newyorktimes #abstractart #abstractpainting #coffee #watertower #nyc #lowereastside #colorascontent #コーヒー

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What an honor to chat with Wayne Thiebaud last night in #SanFrancisco. Thanks for the photo @ginawerfel . Congrats on your exhibit! Don't miss the wonderful group show that just opened at #hackettmillgallery #waynethiebaud #californiaart #california #mitchelljohnson #nyss #karenwilkin @hackett.mill

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