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Impressionistic Brush Marks: Art by Michael Louis Johnson

A painting of a city by Michael Louis JohnsonUntitled

Michael Louis Johnson was born in Flushing, and is still based in New York today. Michael paints in a loose style using a slightly subdued color palette. Large, impressionistic brush marks and warm, earthy tones make up many of the artist’s recent works.


A painting of a meadow scene in loose brush workUntitled


Each painting in Michael’s gallery of recent paintings and drawings seems to describe an everyday scene viewed through a soft focus filter, like a fading memory. Looking at these painting is somehow calming, though throughout the gallery Michael demonstrates great skill with rendering objects, buildings and scenes, paring them down to only the shapes and colors necessary to suggest each form.


A screen capture of Michael Louis Johnson's art websiteMichael's portfolio website at


The artist’s older works tend to utilize darker color and heavier lines, with abstraction and experimentation featuring more prominently. There’s even the occasional collage in this gallery. Michael’s older paintings remind me a bit of the intensely textured works of Richard Pousette-Dart, where the painting itself seems to become a sculptural object.


An abstract painting made with dark, heavy paint linesUntitled

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Dallas Jeffs Art Writer

Dallas Jeffs is the Editor of Artist Run Website's blog. She is a recent graduate of Emily Carr University of Art and Design, where she studied Critical and Cultural Practices. She is passionate about talking and writing about art, and sharing that interest with others. In her studio practice she is a painter, but she considers herself an art writer and educator foremost. If you like art, books and culture with a science fiction twist, check out Dallas' personal blog, HappySpaceNoises

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