"There is something about the ocean that is so entwined with
our makeup, that I can't help but be drawn to it. There really is
nothing more powerful or hypnotic. The movement is ever
changing and the attempt to capture that moment of change is
what has engaged me in these pieces. There is something so
ephemeral about all life that is perfectly captured in a wave. It only
exists for a moment, but it's beauty and dynamism is so powerful
that for that brief amount of time, nothing else matters. And yet,
there is a subtlety, a moment of expansive calm, the monochrome
of the colors and yet the exquisite and diverse play of tones. All of
this captivates me and compels me to try and capture it all that on
The luminescent beauty and lyrical quality of Richard S.
Johnson's work is what captivates collectors today. "Old Masters"
technical virtuosity, pre-Raphael romanticism, and contemporary
expressionism and abstraction all combine to create his unique
works of touching depth and artistry.
Rick's expressive skill for capturing the human form has
brought him numerous commissions:
John F. Kennedy at the JFK Memorial Library in Boston.
A commemorative painting of the presidents from Eisenhower
to Bush currently hanging at the President's Council on Physical
Fitness in Washington D.C.
Rear Admiral Richard S. Truly, USN, the first commander of the
NASA Space Shuttle Challenger.
Gracie Gold, Gold Medal Champion, 2014 U.S. National Figure
Limited Edition Lithograph for the USA Olympic Ski Team
Promotional poster for the Biz International Classic Soccer
Championship in Mexico.
Born in Chicago to an artistic family, his earliest reminiscences
are of pouring through Charles Dana Gibson, N.C. Wyeth, and
John Singer Sargent books on rainy afternoons. While still in grade
school he won a scholarship to the prestigious Art Institute of
Chicago. He later attended the American Academy of Art and
upon graduation began a very successful career as an illustrator.
Turning his attentions to fine art after winning a competition in
International Artists Magazine, Rick was invited to Japan where his
one man show was so successful that he has been invited back
numerous times and has developed an international base of
collectors. He has also won many awards in competitions here in
the United States including the Award of Excellence, in the Oil
Painters of America Midwest regional Juried Competition and
People's Choice Award at the International Museum of
Contemporary Master's of Fine Art in San Antonio, Tx.
Perhaps the term that best describes Rick's work is "Poetic
Intimacy". His sure brush strokes, bold use of color and impasto,
and delicate rendering of the human face and form all work
together in a harmony that refuses to draw attention to themselves
for their technical virtuosity, but rather to draw their viewer into the
awareness that they are sharing one, serene, contemplative
moment; that the light that pours over the subject's skin also