Breaking Boundaries: The many faces of artist Barry Johnson

Seven days a week, like clockwork, he begins his day working on several projects at a time while many of us are catching our final hours of rest.

Out of Sight,’ a visionary show of PNW fine art

Multidisciplinary artist Barry Johnson is one of 109 artists with work in the show. His three mixed-media portraits show Black men with their faces obscured. Inspiration for “Shaded,” “Phases” and “Untitled 26” came from a group art exhibition produced by Onyx Fine Arts called “Truth B Told,” which focused on artists of African descent telling their own story. Johnson is furthering the narrative.

Your {___} Neighborhood explores gentrification in Seattle

A discussion with Barry Johnson and Wesley Fruge about an upcoming show featuring 20 artists focused on gentrification.

Interview: Black Stax speaks to ‘Black Lives Matter’ through active music

"Barry Johnson, visual artist, director/producer of Sonic Painting, reached out to us and wanted to do something with music, but didn't want it to be typical. We shot him “Loyalty is Royalty,” we met with him and Aaron Anderson, who is a dope videographer! And, shortly thereafter, you have this visual presentation of “Loyalty is Royalty” in a Sonic Painting. "

2016/2017 Civil Rights, Utilities, Economic Development & Arts Committee

A discussion with Seattle City Council about artwork created by Barry Johnson. 

Out of Sight, Into Mind: Art On the Margins of the Seattle Art Fair.

Barry Johnson is a visual artist who works in painting, sculpture, video art, installation, and illustration. Most recently, he's been working on a series of paintings of men who have their faces obscured by various compositional devices—an artful crop here, a strategically draped hoodie there, or even a framed picture-within-a-picture affixed to the painting, almost humorously calling attention to its own role in the obfuscation.

Out of Sight Is Big, Beautiful and Bright

Barry Johnson’s portraits of men in profile, set against bubblegum pink or baby-blue backgrounds, leave us yearning for what's left unseen. Johnson omits the most intriguing parts, leaving faces out of frame, or at times literally veiled by objects like a folding fan that's been affixed directly to the canvas.

Review: ‘Out of Sight’ offers a good look at Pacific Northwest art scene

The region’s exceptional painters are in full force, with powerful work by Barry Johnson