Tim Johnson Paintings,Tim johnson, Queens Based Artist

PAINTINGS

Steven

Dr. King

Hoot and Seek

Catherine, The Great

V

The Marquis De Sade

Silver Marilyn

Jerry

Josephine Baker

 

 

PHOTOGRAPHY

 

About My Work

 

CONTACT ME

tim2000@nyct.net

347-418-2079


The concept for this series of paintings was initiated in 2004 at age 50. I hadn’t anticipated taking the “geometric” route, having labored under a life-long desire to follow in my father’s footsteps as a commercial illustrator. My dad was not supportive of my dream, having been disillusioned by what he termed “a crappy field”.


After graduating from the High School of Art & Design in 1972, I bypassed traditional career moves by not attending college, working low-end jobs, and turning down promotions. During the 1980’s, I supported myself using the now obsolete skills of paste-up & mechanical art in the field of audio-visuals & slide presentation. In the meantime, I took classes at the Art Student’s League while studying anatomy drawing with the late Bill Weltman at his private workshop. During this decade I also executed a number of illustration jobs for clients, though my real break came in 1991 when economic exigency forced me to take a job as a security guard at a well-known art museum.


Being assigned to protect the world's greatest art became a valuable adjunct to my ongoing education. This type of work allowed me to keep my mind free, with more time for reading and exploring the metaphysical topics I had previously kept on the back burner: Among these, I found the science of numerology to be the most fascinating. The system I studied [attributed to Pythagoras], allows the practitioner to calculate and extrapolate the qualities & motivations of any person. A birth date & full name is all that’s required to get started. I began supplementing my numerological profiles with detailed diagrams to help me clarify the sometimes difficult-to-explain dynamics I was perceiving.

 

When I found out later that the vibration of each number corresponds to a color of the spectrum, I became intrigued by the idea of color patterns hidden within my black & white graphics. This led me to conceive of a form of iconography that would represent the unique vibrations of my subjects. I started using a nine digit grid from a book by Austin Coates as the foundation for my compositions. After several decades of pursuing misdirected objectives, I am fortunate to have finally discovered a form of "illustration" that matches my own frequency.

 

 

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