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Mitchell Johnson’s paintings are in the permanent collections of 28 museums and over 700 private collections. Most recently, "Two Chairs (Wellfleet)," 2019, 70x84 inches, was acquired by the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts. Johnson's color and shape driven paintings appear regularly in advertisements in The New York Times Magazine, The New Yorker, and WSJ. Magazine going back to 2012. Throughout the 1990’s Johnson exhibited brushy, expressionistic landscapes of France, Italy and California at major galleries in San Francisco (Hackett Freedman & Campbell Thiebaud), New York (Tatistcheff Gallery), Santa Fe (Mitchell Brown Fine Art), Richmond (Reynolds Gallery), St. Helena (I. Wolk Gallery) and Los Angeles (Terrence Rogers Fine Art). In the 2000’s Johnson's work began to change; the shapes in his paintings became larger and the color interest was more pronounced and distinct. Shortly after a 2005 viewing of a Josef Albers/Giorgio Morandi exhibit at the Museo Morandi in Bologna, Johnson made his first painting trip to Cape Cod, and the impact of the Bologna exhibit was immediately clear in the on-going series of North Truro paintings. Johnson divides his time between his California studio and painting trips to Cape Cod, Asia and Europe. Johnson has been a visiting artist at The American Academy in Rome, Borgo Finocchieto and the Josef and Anni Albers Foundation. He is married to the author, Donia Bijan.
Virginia Museum of Fine Arts