In order to convey my own concepts of masculinity and beauty, my work presents a dichotomy between intimidating physicality and pensive vulnerability. This upends historical tropes, and speaks to the inner emotions and experiences conflicting and encompassing all humanity. I hope that my own attempts to try to better understand these spiritual and philosophical concepts will permeate my figures to create work that bears the mark of our contemporary culture, speaks of the human condition, and encourages the same thoughts—and questions—in others.
Born in 1985 in Boston, Massachusetts, I currently work and reside in Queens, New York with my wife, artist Lauren Amalia Redding. I attended the New Hampshire Institute of Art, notably studying under James Aponovich and Marcus Greene. During that time, I spent five weeks studying at the Florence School of Fine Arts in Florence, Italy, which proved transformative. Though I obtained my BFA in Painting, my primary interest became sculpture, especially due to exposure in Italy.
After spending a couple years as an assistant preparator at the Currier Museum of Art in Manchester, New Hampshire, I attended the New York Academy of Art. There, my concentration was in sculpture and anatomy. I studied under sculptors Harvey Citron, Randy McIver, and Robert Simon. I also painted under Steven Assael and Odd Nerdrum. Though I was dedicated to sculpting at this point, it was Nerdrum who instilled what would become a dominant principle in my own work: "It all goes back to the Greeks."
Since graduating with my MFA, I have acquired more professional experience with art handling, installing, and fabrication, but focus on my own work, which I exhibit primarily in New York City and the Northeast. In addition to my own studio, I also manage the social media account Johnsons in Art, which serves as a curatorial/activist project "to promote the acceptance of the male nude as an artistic form of communication."