Chris Johnson
Chris Johnson is a self-taught artist from Nyack, NY. His painting style is best characterized as contemporary abstract expressionism, working solely in the oil medium. Chris’s work is inspired by several significant periods of his life putting him on a path to discover his true self and purpose.

Biography

Chris’s work is inspired by several significant periods of his life – meaningful experiences, struggles, a personal crisis and a moment of clarity that transformed his life - putting him on a path to discover his true self and purpose.

Through his artwork, Chris is telling his story. From trauma, confusion, lack of identity and fear to finding a spiritual path that opened the door to a new way of life. It’s a story of intense emotional and spiritual pain, hopelessness and darkness to one of hope, faith and freedom.

Chris’s work tells a story of darkness to light. Tapping into his meaningful life experiences, he captures ideas, spiritual principles and beliefs that reflect his path to freedom from a spiritual bottom in 2010. Positive life experiences, spirituality and recovery serve as the foundation of his work – allowing him to contrast his pain and struggles to tell a story of hope and courage. Through the use of vibrant and bold color palettes, precise line work and blending; Chris seeks to evoke a thoughtful, positive and engaging message – expressed in his own contemporary abstract style. Shapes and spatial forms play a central role in his works that naturally unfold during the creative process, evoking a spiritual and healing quality. The goal in using his story as a creative platform is multi-faceted - an outlet to express his feelings, a means to heal, to inspire hope, address social issues and to help others who are facing the same challenges he has overcome.

After 22 years in advertising and branding, Chris walked away from corporate life to pursue his true passion and dream of being a working artist. The combination of his life experiences, a new spiritual path, self-discovery and encouragement from those close to him helped Chris overcome his fear of being true to himself and his creative nature.

Visually and creatively oriented, Chris always enjoyed making art from a very early age. His interest in art increased during high school and college through a series of painting, ceramics and design classes. However, fear and self-doubt set in. Pursuing a career in art wasn’t clear, confidence was lacking and the pressure and expectations to be a successful “corporate citizen” were too great. Unable to express his true interest and goals, Chris succumbed to the norm and pursued a path that he felt would please others, most notably his family.

In 2010, Chris rekindled his artistic interests and started to paint again. Immediately, a sense of joy, excitement and peace returned. Over the next several years, he devoted more time to his artwork. In late 2017, he committed to pursuing his dream of being a working artist.

Over the last 18 months, Chris took the time to improve his craft and develop a collection of works to show. Additionally, he devoted significant time learning about the art industry. In April 2018, Chris took his first formal step as an artist by opening an Etsy shop called Golden Ladder Art Shop. His work can also be found on Saatchi Art. Social media, most notably Instagram, has allowed Chris to gain exposure and build a following. Over Labor Day Weekend 2018, Chris did his first show at the Woodstock New-Paltz Art Festival where he sold several pieces. He has been invited back to the Woodstock New-Paltz Art Festival for both the Spring and Fall 2019 shows. In March 2019, Chris did his first exhibition when he was Artist of the Month at a local restaurant in Nyack, NY. Most recently, Chris was accepted to SPECTRUM Miami, a prominent show during Miami Art Week in December of 2019.

“Jacob’s Ladder”
36” x 36”, Oil on Heavyweight Cotton, Gallery Wrapped Canvas.

“When Doves Smile”
30” x 40”, Oil on Heavyweight Cotton, Gallery Wrapped Canvas.

“Balance”
24” x 30”, Oil on Heavyweight Cotton, Gallery Wrapped Canvas

“Eye Of The Beholder”
30” x 40”, Oil on Heavyweight Cotton, Gallery Wrapped Canvas



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