Peter Selz Interviews Mitchell Johnson

This 2009 catalog accompanied Mitchell Johnson exhibitions on the Stanford University Campus and at the Royal Danish Embassy in Washington, DC. It features 30 color plates of a diverse range of paintings and an interview conducted by art historian Peter Selz in Johnson's Palo Alto studio. Mitchell Johnson's paintings have appeared in ARTnews, Art in America, the NY Times Magazine, American Artist, Oprah s Next Chapter, The Mindy Project, Southwest Art, San Francisco Magazine, Provincetown Arts, Cape Arts Review, ArtScope, Art Ltd., Modern Painters, The NY Times T Magazine, Sunset Magazine, Gentry, The Huffington Post, American Contemporary Art, and many feature films including The Holiday (2006), It s Complicated (2009), The Lodger (2009), and Crazy Stupid Love (2011). Based in Silicon Valley, Mitchell Johnson moved to California in 1990 after completing his MFA at Parsons School of Design in New York City. Johnson was heavily influenced by his NY teachers Paul Resika, Leland Bell, Larry Rivers, Robert DeNiro, Sr., John Heliker and Nell Blaine many former students of Hans Hofmann. Johnson divides his time between his California studio and his favorite painting locations in Italy, France, Cape Cod and Denmark. His paintings can be found in over 700 collections including the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco, the New Mexico Museum of Art, the Frederick R. Weisman Museum at Pepperdine, New Britain Museum of American Art, the Ogunquit Museum of American Art and the Federal Reserve Board in Washington, DC. Johnson s work has been the subject of solo exhibitions in San Francisco, Los Angeles, St. Helena, Portland, New York, Oakland, Palo Alto, Menlo Park, Washington, DC and Kansas City. He completed his MFA in painting at Parsons School of Design in New York in 1990 where he studied with many former students of Hans Hofmann: Paul Resika, Jane Freilicher, Leland Bell, Nell Blaine, John Heliker and Robert De Niro, Sr.
Mitchell Johnson
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October 19, 2009
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