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Young At Heart Painting

Chris Johnson

United States

Painting, Oil on Canvas

Size: 36 W x 36 H x 2.2 D in

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About The Artwork

First of eight in the Color of Identity series. A new, deeply personal, body of work representing the next phase of my journey. It took years of work to discover, understand and accept my true nature. With these paintings, I share the results of my look within. That true nature, like all of us, has both positive and negative qualities. The series will focus on both to portray an accurate representation of my individuality. The intent here is to depict my identity through the use of color, specifically one color and its’ various shades for each respective piece. Further, my hope in using color in this manner is for a deeply honest and vulnerable expression of my character. Each color is associated with a variety of attributes and can mean different things to different people. I focused on the 2 or 3 color traits that most accurately represent who I am as a person. Identity: Defined as the distinguishing character or personality of an individual; qualities that make a person distinctive. The initial source of inspiration came from an unlikely source, back in 2021. A hair care product LolaVie was introduced. I’m not their target, but I happened to see one of their ads. I was intrigued by the name, logo and packaging design. That led me to the website. After reading the meaning behind the name, inspiration struck. LolaVie or “Lola" is described as “Someone who owns who they are, believes in themselves, and does things their own way. Being true to yourself - naturally exuding strength and confidence in your own unique way. Feeling confident in your own skin.” Each piece will have an accompanying 12” x 12” painting, which I call “MiniMe’s.” These were used for color testing before creating the main piece. “Young At Heart" Color of Identity Series 36” x 36” x 2.25” Oil & Raw Pigment on Canvas (Museum Profile) “Orange MiniMe” 12” x 12” x 1.5” Oil & Raw Pigment on Canvas

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Painting:Oil on Canvas

Original:One-of-a-kind Artwork

Size:36 W x 36 H x 2.2 D in

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My art is my truth - a thoughtful and authentic expression of myself and my journey, the outlet in which my innermost feelings come to light. An honest and vulnerable exposition of the darkness of addiction to the hope and freedom of recovery. Life altering experiences - trauma, addiction, recovery, self-discovery, finding purpose and meaning - serve as the focal points for my work. Vibrant colors are at the center, reflecting my gratitude for the fullness of life. Color use, movement, shapes and precision are foundational to my style. Bold, with an understated elegance, I seek to inform my work with the sensitivity, honesty and courage to share my story of overcoming. Painting awakens my spirit. Free and with an open heart, I’m able to communicate and connect in the purest fashion. I paint to share my journey, to bare my soul, to heal, to inspire. Self-taught contemporary artist from New York. In 2017, after 30 years, I picked up a paint brush for the first time since high school. It was a moment of clarity - a sense of purpose. The following year, after two decades in advertising, I made a life-changing decision and left the corporate world to pursue my art full time. Discovering my art was a long, arduous journey. Creatively oriented from a young age, my interest in art grew during my schooling years through painting, ceramics and design classes. However, doubt set in. An art-related career was vague and the expectations to be a successful “corporate citizen” were too great. I succumbed to the norm and went down the path of what was expected, what I was "supposed" to be. As my career in advertising unfolded, discontent grew. However, I had reached a point where the idea of change was too frightening. Concurrently, I found myself caught in the grips of addiction which took everything from me, nearly my life. Starting over in 2010, I entered recovery and have not turned back. As I immersed myself in the self-discovery process of recovery, my artistic interests rekindled. It took several more years to reach that “moment” in 2017. Once I embraced my creativity, a sense of joy emerged. It was the change my spirit needed, the catalyst for my true path. Instagram: @chris_johnsonart

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