April Zanne Johnson

“April’s work comprises layered abstractions that use organic forms and body references to express her sense of internal conflict and search for resolution. They are spatially complex, leading the eye in and out of imagined interior landscapes. The abstraction of the compositions exists in a compelling tension with the hyperrealism of her paint handling, resulting in paintings of real originality.”

Eleanor Heartney

Contributing Editor, Art in America and Artpress

 

“In the hands of April Zanne Johnson, (painting) takes the form of spontaneous, intuitive markmaking.  Johnson paints on plexiglass and other slippery supports, imagining realms that are lush, vibrant, and fantastically fertile.  But she typically sidesteps representation and conveys organic energies through fluid brushwork and happy material accidents. “

Matthew Nichols

Associate Professor, Christie’s Education New York

Frequent contributor to Art in America

 

 

"The amazing psychedelic mindscapes of April Zanne Johnson portray imagined microscopic worlds beyond our perception. A mind-bending rendering of a sub-atomic world, it's as if the paint, acting as if acid infused amoebic life, has crawled through the imagined depth of the frame"

Brendan Peer, Editor,  Used Magazine , London UK

"- her ( April Zanne Johnson) paintings have an intensive light-strength and the brush can glide more easily in gestural strokes over the flat undercoat. It seems as if this lightness of the color application also causes a freeing of the subject, because the color and form metamorphosis and, created by this develops a completely separate dynamic, which doesn't adhere to physical laws." - Johanna Tewes, Art Armada, January 2014 - Hamburg, Germany


"My recent paintings are a physical representation of a portal leading to the possibilities that lie beyond our present visual technology."   – April Zanne Johnson


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Primary World 1 12.2012 , oil on plexiglass, 24" x 24"
Primary World 1 12.2012 , oil on plexiglass, 24" x 24"
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Primary World 3 12.2012 , oil on plexiglass, 24" x 24"
Primary World 3 12.2012 , oil on plexiglass, 24" x 24"
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Primary World 2 12.2012 , oil on plexiglass, 12" x 24"
Primary World 2 12.2012 , oil on plexiglass, 12" x 24"
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Primary World 4 12.2012 , oil on plexiglass, 12" x 24"
Primary World 4 12.2012 , oil on plexiglass, 12" x 24"
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Bluegreen4   6"x 8"  acrylic on acetate , April Zanne Johnson 2012
Bluegreen4 6"x 8" acrylic on acetate , April Zanne Johnson 2012
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Bluegreen6 , 6" x 8"  April Zanne Johnson 2012
Bluegreen6 , 6" x 8" April Zanne Johnson 2012
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Soft Serve Cell, 2012, oil paint on plexiglass, 24" H x 48" W x 3" D
Soft Serve Cell, 2012, oil paint on plexiglass, 24" H x 48" W x 3" D
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Soft Serve Peak, 2012
Soft Serve Peak, 2012
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Freeze, 8"x 24" oil on plexiglass
Freeze, 8"x 24" oil on plexiglass
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Cadmium Study 1, oil on canvas  5" x 7" x 1.5"
Cadmium Study 1, oil on canvas 5" x 7" x 1.5"
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Echo Orange, Violet Wave 2.2013, oil and acrylic on mylar, 36" x 156"
Echo Orange, Violet Wave 2.2013, oil and acrylic on mylar, 36" x 156"
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Blue Protrusion through Cadmium
Blue Protrusion through Cadmium
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Refracting , 7"x 9" oil on acetate
Refracting , 7"x 9" oil on acetate
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