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Dion Johnson

Lives and works in Los Angeles, California.


2000  Master of Fine Arts, Claremont Graduate University, Claremont, California

1997  Bachelor of Fine Arts, Ohio State University, Columbus, Ohio

1996  Yale Norfolk Summer School of Music and Art, Norfolk, CT

Selected Solo Exhibitions  

2018 'Feel the Sky: Dion Johnson a Ten-Year Survey', Duke Art Gallery, Azusa Pacific College, Azusa, CA

2017 'Color Chords,'  Western Project at WERKARTZ (Arts District), Los Angeles, CA

2015 'Luminous Trajectories,' Bentley Gallery, Phoenix, AZ
'Chromatic Momentum,' De Buck Gallery, New York, NY

2013 'Vivid Slipstrem,' Western Project, Los Angeles, CA

2012 'Velocity,' De Buck Gallery, New York, NY

2011  ‘Dion Johnson: New Paintings’, Western Project, Los Angeles, California
'New Paintings,' Marty Walker Gallery, Dallas, TX

2009  ‘Brilliant Frequencies’, Rebecca Ibel Gallery, Columbus, Ohio
‘Shadows and Vistas,’ Project 210, Pasadena, California
‘Twilight,’ Cypress College Fine Arts Gallery, Cypress, California

2008  'Isotope Series’ Rebecca Ibel Gallery, Columbus, Ohio

2007  ‘Works on Paper’ Empathy Design Company, South Pasadena, California

2005  ‘Radiance,’ Carl Berg Gallery, Los Angeles, California
'Continuous Transmission,’ Desiree’ Synder Gallery, Sarasota, Florida

2004  ‘New Paintings: Project Room,’ Stephen Stux Gallery, New York, New York
‘Wow and Flutter,’ Rebecca Ibel Gallery, Columbus, Ohio

2002  'Popsicle Scenarios,' Rebecca Ibel Gallery, Columbus, Ohio 'Softer Frequencies,' Richard Heller Gallery, Los Angeles, California

2001  Bill Maynes Gallery, New York, New York

2000  Rebecca Ibel Gallery, Columbus, Ohio (catalog) Claremont University (MFA exhibition), Claremont, California

1998  Rebecca Ibel Gallery (Ibel Simeonov), Columbus, Ohio ROY G BIV, Columbus, Ohio

1997  Exposures Gallery, Columbus, Ohio

Selected Group Exhibitions  

2018  Western Project at Werkartz, Group Show: Carole Caroompas, Dion Johnson, Patrick Lee, Wayne White, June 3 - 29, 2018.

2016 'Manmade,' Holly Johnson Gallery, Dallas, TX
'Intent Fortuity,' Jamie Brooks fine Art, Costa Mesa, CA

2015 'Surface to Edge,' Cypress College Art Gallery, Cypress, CA

2014 'NOWism,' Pizzuti Collection, Columbus, OH

2013 'Colormetry,' Lancaster Museum of Art and History, Lancaster, CA
'Tripod,' Peggy Phelps Gallery, Claremont Graduate University, Claremont, CA

2012 'Summer Selections,' De Buck Gallery, New York, NY

2011  About Paint, Carl Berg Projects, West Hollywood, California

2010 ‘Set Theory,’ Torrance Art Museum, Torrance, California ‘Construction Zone,’ Western Project, Los Angles, California

2009  ‘Western Project: The First Six Years,’ Western Project, Culver City, California
‘Drawings,’ Rebecca Ibel Gallery, Columbus, Ohio
‘Art for a Recession,’ Rebecca Ibel Gallery, Columbus, Ohio

2008  ‘Plush,’ curated by Martin Durazo, Center for the Arts, Eagle Rock, Los Angeles, California

2007  ‘Family Garden,’ curated by Shana Nys Dambrot and Elizabeth Paige Smith, Elizabeth Paige Smith Atelier,  Venice, California
‘Pixel’ Harris Art Gallery, La Verne, California

2006  ‘Dion Johnson, Sush Machida Gaikotsu and Kelly McCormick,’ Rebecca Ibel Gallery, Columbus, Ohio
‘Beauty/ The Sublime/ Intensity,’ Gallery Project, Ann Arbor, Michigan

2004  ‘Microclimate,’ The Harris Art Gallery, La Verne, California
‘Claremont Seven,’ Seven Degrees, Laguna Beach, California
‘Observations,’ Carl Berg Gallery, Los Angeles, California
‘Reordering Reality: Collecting Contemporary Art,’ The Columbus Museum of Art, Columbus Ohio

2003  ‘Fresh: Works on Paper, A Fifth Anniversary,’ James Kelly Contemporary, Santa Fe, New Mexico
'Ten Years in Columbus, Part 1,' Rebecca Ibel Gallery, Columbus, Ohio

2001  'Summertime 2001, Part 2,' Rebecca Ibel Gallery, Columbus, Ohio
'Informants,' The Harris Art Gallery, The University of La Verne: La Verne, California
'Homage: Roland Reiss,' Claremont Alumni Show, Center for the Arts, Claremont, California
'Cross-pollination,' curated by Susan Joyce, The Holland Tunnel, Brooklyn, New York

2000 'Currencies,' Patricia Correia Gallery, Santa Monica, California
'New American Talent, 15th Exhibition,' curated by David Pagel, The Jones Center for Contemporary Art, Austin, Texas and traveling through 2001 to Shore Art Gallery, Abilene, Texas; Texarkana Regional Arts and Humanities Council, Texarkana, Texas; Buddy Holly Center, Lubbock, Texas; Fire House Gallery, Del Rio, Texas
'Refractions in the Plastic Pulse' Claremont Graduate University, Claremont, California

1999  'Emerging Artists in Ohio,' Sandusky Cultural Center, Sandusky, Ohio

1998  'Both,' First Year Graduate Exhibition,' Claremont Graduate University, Claremont, California

1997  'Ohio,' Rebecca Ibel Gallery (Ibel Simeonov), Columbus, Ohio


2016 Carasso, Roberta. ‘Continuing and Recommended Exhibition,’ Art Scene, February, online

2015 Vetter, Grant. ‘Dion Johnson at Bentley Gallery,’ The Arts Beacon, December, online
Bridget, Gleeson. ‘Color in Motion: Dion Johnson’s Abstract Paintings of Light, Shape and Color,’ Artsy Editorial, January 8, online

2013 Nichols, Kimberly. ‘Colormetry Uses Color as Instigator,’ Droste Effect, February 25, p 44 ill
Frank, Peter. ‘Colormetery,’ Artillery, March 4, p. 112
Bush, Bill. ‘The Opposites of Art,’ Huffington Post, June 10, online

2012 ‘The Radiant West Coast of Dion Johnson,’ LanciaTrendVisions.com, November 15, online
Esterow, Milton. ‘The ARTnews 200 Top Collectors,’ ARTnews, Summer, p. 95 ill

2011 Fitzpatrick, Kyle. ‘Dion Johnson Melts Color,’ Los Angeles I’m Yours, December 20, online.
Lima, Benjamin. ‘Critic’s Pick,’ Art Forum, October, online
Daichendt, G. James. ‘Continuing and Recommended Exhibition,’ Art Scene, September, online
‘Dion Johnson: New Paintings,’ Artweek.LA, August, online

2009 Cohen, David. ‘Pic of the Fairs’ Artcritical, December 6, online
Yates, Christopher A. ‘Two Views Challenge Senses,’ The Columbus Dispatch, December 9. p. E6 ill

2008  Nys Dambrot, Shana. ‘Plush’ Flavorpill Los Angles, November 7, 2008

2005  Myers, Holly. ‘Around the Galleries’ Los Angeles Times, December 2, p. E30 ill

2004  Fryer-Kohles, Jeanne. ‘Painter crafts, mixed media into his personal diary,’ The Columbus  Dispatch, January 25, p. D4
Starker, Melissa. ‘Entering The Atmosphere,’ Alive, January 21, p. 21
James, Elizabeth Ann. ‘Art Blossoms On The Wind: Celebrating Time and Talent-Past and Present,’ The Short North Gazette, p.12

2003 Fryer-Kohles, Jeanne. ‘Sextet's Modern Pieces Sparkle,’ The Columbus Dispatch, April 6. p.F4

2002 Fryer-Kohles, Jeanne. ‘Childhood's Mystery Seen in Sunny Visions,’ The Columbus Dispatch, March, p. G7

2001 Johnson, Ken. Bill Maynes exhibition review, The New York Times, October 19, p. E40
Scheiber, Curtis. ‘Dion Johnson, Paintings That Dogs and Cats Can Understand’ Dialogue, January/February, p. 28 (cover shot)

2000  Pagel, David. catalog essay,  ‘Dion Johnson,’ November

1998  Hall, Jacqueline. ’Images Won’t Stand Still,’  The Columbus Dispatch,  December 6