Aaron Johnson sits in studio with his dog

Aaron Johnson

Cosmic Lovers and Ethereal Beings

“Every brushstroke flows like a force of nature that I react to as I work.”

Aaron Johnson’s painting process is his unique version of action painting: applying washes of paint and letting the colours flow into raw canvas. He lets the paint find its own path on the canvas, in a process he likens to discovery rather than creation. The result is a lucid field of colours, with luminescent figures morphing and disappearing into each other. Later, he will add in details – a dot...

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Aaron Johnson (he/him) was born in 1975 in St Paul, Minnesota. He lives and works in Brooklyn, New York.


Johnson’s work is featured in private and museum collections around the world including the prestigious Museum of Modern Art in New York City.

In their words

“Psychologically, ten years ago my work was more political, five years ago it was more absurd. Now my work, both in process and philosophy, is more ethereal and otherworldly.”

Collaborations with Aaron Johnson