Mitchell Johnson Restrospective at Bakersfield Museum of Art

BMOA Invite #4Forty paintings from private California collections are on view at the Bakersfield Museum of Art, May 7-August 23, 2015 during, Mitchell Johnson Color as Content: A Twenty Five Year Survey. Reception, Thursday, May 7, 7:00-9:00pm. Thanks to Aera Energy, LLC for sponsoring this exhibit.

Since his move to San Francisco from New York in 1990, Johnson has divided his time between his Palo Alto studio and his favorite painting locations in Italy, France, and Denmark. For 25 years, Johnson’s work has moved freely between abstraction and representation. Although his efforts show a distinct influence of the Bay Area Figurative Movement, his concerns for color relationships and his regular travels to Europe have established his individual voice. This exhibition will feature a collection of paintings from the past 25 years of work produced since his relocation to California.

Artist Talk in Woodside, May 1, 7:00pm

small Truro Plaid Two

“Truro Plaid,” 2012 24×34 inches $8,500 sold


I’m giving a slide lecture, Color as Content, at Woodside Town Hall, Friday, May 1, 7:00pm. Request a recent catalog:

New Paintings available

Keflavik 58x75

“Keflavik,” 2015 58×75 inches, oil/canvas, $35,000

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MJ Painting is acquired by Ogunquit Museum of Art

"Ogunquit Stieglitz," 2013 19x29 inches Collection OMAA

The Maine landscape above is now in the permanent collection of the Ogunquit Museum of American Art.

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Click above on PAINTINGS to see an on-line gallery with prices, sizes and availability.  Watch for my work in the New York Times T Magazine, June 2.  My new monograph,Mitchell Johnson: Color as Content, will be available in late September. I’m in Europe for the summer.