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Loose, Gestural Style: The Art Portfolio of Michael Louis Johnson

A painting of green trees seen from a rooftopUntitled

Michael Louis Johnson is a painter born and currently based in New York. A lifelong artist, Michael uses his artistic practice to depict a range of subject matter -- often scenery and places from his hometown -- in a loose, gestural style.

A painting of a city in winter, with tree branches in the foregroundUntitled


I really enjoy the sketched, slightly impromptu air that Michael’s paintings have about them. The artist doesn’t seem overly concerned with details but instead focuses on obtaining a holistic view of a space, using simplified colour, shape, and line. Though loosely painted the works are often surprisingly detailed. Each of Michael’s scenes seem fully realized, alive with buildings, cars, houses, foreground and background.

The front page of Michael Louis Johnson's art portfolio pageThe front page of Michael's art portfolio website


Many of Michael’s works capture the organized chaos of urban living -- both in the geometric forms of buildings and high rises, but also in the quiet, packed spaces of apartment interiors. The frenetic, sometimes clashing colours of floors, furniture, clothes, and various other detritus are represented evenly. The paintings feel intimate and personal in a way, though they betray few details about their subjects.

A painting of a bed and a fan with sunlight coming in through a windowUntitled

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Dallas Jeffs Art Writer

Dallas Jeffs is the Editor of Artist Run Website's blog. They hold a degree in Critical and Cultural Practices from Emily Carr University of Art and Design, as well as a certificate in Technical Writing from BCIT. Dallas has a passion for speaking and writing about art, and sharing that interest with others. In their studio practice they are an illustrator and budding tattoo artist, but they consider themselves a writer foremost. If you like art, books and culture with a science fiction twist, check out Dallas' personal blog, HappySpaceNoises or their art on Instagram.

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