Johnson’s work is focused on drawing over other surfaces such as acrylic wash, bookbinding and found papers. He adds the use of gold on glass that is abstractly expressionistic in contrast to the representational drawings on the paper surface. Conceptually Justin references classical, sacred and spiritual iconography in a contemporary way. His works are to be seen as current icons of historical, religious and cultural subjects.
Johnson has a BA and MA in Art with concentrations in drawing, digital imaging and graphic design. He is currently the Gallery Director of Creative Arts at the University of St. Francis. Johnson has exhibited widely in the Midwest, including the University of St. Francis, Manchester College and Artlink, where he was an award winner.
Freeman’s new work begins with ideas of obsolescence, not just of objects, but also of societies, industries, economic and political systems, and even individual people. It explores thoughts of mortality, rebirth and the nature and of possibility of immortality.
After graduating with a degree in finance James worked in the investment industry. Freeman began working in clay full time after retirement. Freeman’s work is included in corporate, university, private and museum collections. http://www.jamesfreemanstudio.com/