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F. Geoffrey Johnson

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20130604090310-ff_birmingham_63_hdr
Furious Flowers: Birmingham '63, 2/2013 Assemblage H 36" X W 48" X D 4" © F. Geoffrey Johnson
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Mapping: Between the Lines - Redlining - Bluelining, 6/2012 Assemblage H 48" X W 60" X D 7" © F. Geoffrey Johnson
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Stick a Fork in It - It's Done!, 4/2012 Assemblage: Pitchfork,for Sale Sign,credit Cards,empty Wallet,house Keys,acrylic Paint H 40" X W 32" X D 11" © F. Geoffrey Johnson
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Tobacco Road, 2/2012 Assemblage: Satellite Dish Reflector Plate, Rusted Wire, Antique Tobacco Tin, Gold Plated Chain, Acrylic Paint, Textured Tape H 34" X W 20" X D 4" © F. Geoffrey Johnson
20110914134135-currents_diptych
Currents (Diptych), 8/2011 Assemblage - Circuit Boards, Photo, Oil Pastel, Aluminum, Model Train Track, Satellite Dish H 48 In. X W 1200 In. X D 7 In. © F. Geoffrey Johnson
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Currents I, 8/2011 Assemblage - Circuit Boards, Photo, Oil Pastel, Aluminum, Model Train Track, Satellite Dish H 48 In. X W 60 In. X D 7 In. © F. Geoffrey Johnson
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Currents II, 8/2011 Assemblage - Circuit Boards, Photo, Paper, Aluminum, Model Train Track, Satellite Dish H 48 In. X W 60 In. X D 7 In. © F. Geoffrey Johnson
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Can You Hear Me Now! - Sole Soldier, 10/2010 Assemblage - Passport, Poem, Shoe Shine Kit, Old Shoes W/holes in Sole, College Diploma, Satellite Dish. Sole Soldier (poem on Torn Passport Pages Top Center) H 25 In. X W 30 In. X D 5 In. © F. Geoffrey Johnson
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Can You Hear Me Now!-Sleepless in Rwanda, 11/2010 Assemblage - Machete, Cell Phone, Photos of Hutu Magazine, Interahamwe (hutu Youth Gangs Yielding Machetes), Satellite Dish. (poem Written on Plexiglass) W 18.25 In. X H 25 In. X D 1.5 In. © F. Geoffrey Johnson
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Can You Hear Me Now! - Nigeria: Soiled, Soaked & Silent, 01/2011 Assemblage - Acrylic Paint, Metal Fuel Lines, Cowrie Shells, Scallop Shells, Satellite Dish W 32.5 In. X H 22.5 In. X D 4 In. © F. Geoffrey Johnson
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Can You Hear Me Now! - Screwed, 11/2010 Assemblage - Acrylic Paint, Screws, Tea Bags, Satellite Dish, Wire Mesh W 18 In. X H 43 In. X D 5 In. © F. Geoffrey Johnson
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Can You Hear Me Now! - Domino Effect / Foreign Policy, 9/2011 Assemblage - Satellite Dishes, Circuit Board, Domino, Toy Soldiers, Acrylic Paint H 18.5 In. X W 46 In. X 3.5 In. © F. Geoffrey Johnson
History_re-mixed
History Remixed, 2010 Mixed, Acrylic Paint, Collage, Vintage Stamps 36 In. X 48 In. X 1.5 In. © F. Geoffrey Johnson
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Liberty, 2009 Acrylic on Canvas 30 In. X 30 In. X 1.5 In. © F. Geoffrey Johnson
Crossroads
Crossroads, 2007 Acrylic on Canvas 24 In. X 24 In. X 1.5 In. © F. Geoffrey Johnson
Chains
Chains, 2006 Acrylic on Linen 11 In. X 14 In. X .75 In. © F. Geoffrey Johnson
Homeless
Hope, 2007 Acrylic on Linen 24 In. X 30 In. X .75 In. © F. Geoffrey Johnson
Furiousflowers
Furious Flowers, 2008 Oil on Canvas 30 In. X 30 In. X 1.5 In. © F. Geoffrey Johnson
Spirit_dancer
Spirit Dancer, 2007 Acrylic on Canvas 24 In. X 36 In. X 1.5 In. © F. Geoffrey Johnson
Art_of_war_poster_2
Art of War, 2009 Digital Print on 310# Cotton Rag Paper 16 In. X 20 In. © F. Geoffrey Johnson
Hate_the_game_poster_2
Hate the Game, 2009 Digital Print on 310# Cotton Rag Paper 9.5 In. X 20 In. © F. Geoffrey Johnson
Freedoms_call
Freedom's Call, 2008 Oil on Canvas 12 In. X 16 In. X .5 In. © F. Geoffrey Johnson
Requiem
Requiem for Katrina, 2007 - 2008 Oil on Canvas 30 In. X 40 In. X 1.5 In. © F. Geoffrey Johnson
Tanzanian_waterfall_sm
Tanzanian Waterfall, 2007 Acrylic on Canvas 30 In. X 40 In. X 1.5 In. © F. Geoffrey Johnson
Displaced_copy
Displaced, 2007 Acrylic on Canvas 30" X 40" © F. Geoffrey Johnson
Giants_of_jazz
Giants of Jazz, 2009 Acrylic on Canvas 30 In. X 40 In. X 1.5 In. © F. Geoffrey Johnson
Green_mountain
Green Mountain, 2009 Acrylic on Canvas 30 In. X 40 In. X 1.5 In. © F. Geoffrey Johnson
Liberty
Liberty, 2009 Acrylic on Canvas 30" X 30" X 1.5" © F. Geoffrey Johnson
Elements
Elements, 2009 Oil on Canvas 30 In. X 40 In. X 1.5 In. © F. Geoffrey Johnson
Marooned1
Marooned, 2009 Acrylic on Canvas 30 In. X 40 In. X 1.5 In. © F. Geoffrey Johnson
20110425092926-freedom
Freedom?, 2009 Acrylic on Canvas 30 In. X 30 In. X 1.5 In. © F. Geoffrey Johnson
20110425092403-the_gathering
The Gathering, 2009 Acrylic on Canvas 30 In. X 30 In. X 1.5 In. © F. Geoffrey Johnson
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Unspoken, 2009 - 2010 Oil, Acrylic & Photo on Canvas 30 In. X 30 In. X 1.5 In. © F. Geoffrey Johnson
20130604084602-between_the_lines-redling-bluelining_lo_res
Mapping: Between the Lines - Redlining - Bluelining, 6/2012 Assemblage H 48" X W 60" X D 7" © F. Geoffrey Johnson
20130604090310-ff_birmingham_63_hdr
Furious Flowers: Birmingham '63, 2/2013 Assemblage H 36" X W 48" X D 4" © F. Geoffrey Johnson
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Currents II, 2011 Assemblage 48" X 60" X 7" © F. Geoffrey Johnson
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Quick Facts
Birthplace
St. Louis, MO, USA
Lives in
Atlanta
Works in
Atlanta
Schools
Morehouse College, 1974, BA
Tags
landscape, surrealism, digital, abstract, figurative, conceptual
Statement

F. Geoffrey Johnson, visual poet, has self published two collections of poetry, SMELLS I SEE, 142 pp., 2004 and RESTORATION, 148 pp., 2005.  Johnson’s poetry has been published in several literary journals, magazines and anthologies.  Recent poetry can be found in CRUX: A conversation in words and images/South Africa to South USA, Anthology, Fulton County, GA, Publisher, 2007; The Caribbean Writer, International Literary Anthology, Volume 22, University of the Virgin Islands, Publisher, 2008; Black Magnolias Literary Journal, C.Liegh McInnis, Publisher, Winter 2008, 2010; KARA WALKER—NO/KARA WALKER—YES/KARA WALKER—?, Midmarch Arts Press, 2009; Mythium Literary Journal, Vol.1, No.2, 2010; Encounters: Poems About Race, Ethnicity and Identity, 2011, Edited by Paula Cole-Jones.  Johnson was selected as one of four artists (2 from USA / 2 from SA) to participate in a three-week international residential fellowship at Caversham Centre for Artists and Writers, Balgowan, South Africa, January-February, 2009.

Johnson's visual art is an extension of his poetic voice. In developing his artistic voice, he has extended his reach by means of the assemblage process, integrating poetry and visual references. His new works are evolving from his story telling background as a poet. Johnson has a need to tell stories that have a social, political or environmental context. He believes his art must be about more than just looking nice.

It was a natural progression to explore painting as an alternative means of expression in order to convey the stories I am allowed to share. As a storyteller, I use painting as a second language. I often tell people, I paint like a poet, always editing and thinking of the story first and foremost. The cliché “a picture is worth a thousand words” is so true.  Sometimes words are not sensitive or expressive enough in conveying feelings and oft times get in the way.

I enjoy the mystery of painting because I am surprised as a painting emerges.  I often begin with no idea of what will be painted, only a prayer that I may become a conduit for expressing a story that may touch others in a positive and/or thought provoking way.  It is amazing to find the similarities in writing and painting.  Both processes begin with empty slates yearning for stories in need of finding their target.

As i travel this road as an artist, i am constantly exploring new means of expressing the smells i see. Assemblage of found objects on satellite dish reflector plates began as a means of expressing stories and poetry I had submitted to literary journals that were rejected by editorial staffs. The series "Can You Hear Me Now" was born from the seeds of rejection. I thank those editors for this birth.