A former Emporia State University student has been making a name for himself by exploring race, culture and identity through art.
Becoming a successful artist can be a difficult goal to achieve.
barry johnson showcases painting “Untitled #34,” a beautiful and awe-inspiring portrait of a black man. “Untitled #34” uses the weight of heavy, fragmented tiles to emphasize the barriers of being seen and accepted in the dominant culture as a black man.
barry johnson, a multimedia artist in his mid-thirties and a recent Ted Talk speaker, only in the last six years made the switch from high powered tech professional to self-taught artist. Yet, you would think he had done this all of his life judging by the quality of his work.
Barry Johnson's paintings at 950 Gallery are unlike art seen anywhere else in Tacoma.
A one-man show of johnson’s work is now running at Tacoma’s 950 Gallery. Called “I’m F.I.N.E.,” the exhibit runs through Dec. 20. The show is a display of johnson’s paintings, but the artist’s addition of accents and quotes and a mural painted directly onto the gallery’s walls and columns transform the space into a holistic installation.
At 30 years old, barry johnson made a life-changing decision to become a full-time professional artist.
The Edwin T. Pratt Scholarship aims to amplify the work of underrepresented artists of color and equip them with education and tools that will help them progress to the next level in their professional journeys.
A tall order, by definition, is demanding. A significant, and potentially unreachable, challenge. Looking to the past, we can find wildly successful tall orders. Some may even seem small viewed through the lens of today’s challenges.
Everything and I mean that. Conversations, things I see, listen to, read about, everything will find some way into my work.
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.
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.
A discussion with Barry Johnson and Wesley Fruge about an upcoming show featuring 20 artists focused on gentrification.
"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. "
A discussion with Seattle City Council about artwork created by Barry Johnson.
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.
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.
The region’s exceptional painters are in full force, with powerful work by Barry Johnson