Photograph of Artist CHRIS JOHNSON
Crofton, BC - Canada

Original Artworks (5)

Chris Johnson; I See Windigo, 2011, Original Painting Acrylic, 4 x 5 feet. Artwork description: 241  the best and worst of humanity and its achievements, what is behind the evil face, and changing times ...
Chris Johnson
Original Acrylic Painting, 2011
4 x 5 feet (1.22 x 1.52 m)
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Chris Johnson; Sacred, 2003, Original Sculpture Bronze, 20 x 23 inches. Artwork description: 241  Sacred expresses one of the Anishenabe peoples' Four Questions of Life.The discovery and understanding of these four questions is part of the maturing process of  Anishenabe people. They are essential to an understanding of the spirituality that forms the traditional foundations of their culture. ...
Chris Johnson
Original Bronze Sculpture, 2003
20 x 23 inches (50.8 x 58.4 cm)
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Chris Johnson; Tokeya Inajin, 2004, Original Printmaking Giclee, 32 x 48 inches. Artwork description: 241  The Hoop DanceThe unity of humankind is reflected in this Dance. Employing 28 hoops, this dancer, Kevin Locke, describes the natural, visionary process of Life emerging from the darkness of Winter into the bright exuberance of Spring. One after another, images of renewed Creation appear  as ...
Chris Johnson
Original Giclee, 2004
32 x 48 inches (81.3 x 121.9 cm)
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Chris Johnson; Hawk, 2007, Original Printmaking Giclee, 62 x 37 inches. Artwork description: 241  HawkHe soars high above, leaving behind the cares and troubles of this world,looking into the future. A new time and a place yet unknown, but he is not afraid. He hears the voice of the Creatorcalling him home.In the distance rise the Omens, ...
Chris Johnson
Original Giclee, 2007
62 x 37 inches (157.5 x 94.0 cm)
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Chris Johnson; Snowmoon, 2007, Original Printmaking Giclee, 54 x 36 inches. Artwork description: 241  Across the frozen landscape of the great northern plains treks a weary horse and his rider. Despite the distance and the cold, they travel on without fear, homeward bound, their hunger and exhaustion giving form to that Presence who watches over all things. ...
Chris Johnson
Original Giclee, 2007
54 x 36 inches (137.2 x 91.4 cm)
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Artist Statement

I have not chosen art, the painting and sculpture. It is a task, a responsibility if you will, given me by the Creator from birth. As a small child removed from home and family, speaking no English and placed in foster care in Toronto, drawing was often my primary means of communication. The elders of my people, whom I met for the first time a few years ago, tell me that even as a toddler, I drew. I am, they say, what the Anishinabe call a Dreamer.

I learned much about sculptural products while creating the bas reliefed murals
in Sidney and Victoria, British Columbia, starting with resin and expanding foam, moving to structural foam and fibreglass, then acrylic stucco, and eventually to a major sculpture that utilized all of these as well as a few other new materials.

My study of various materials and methods has resulted in some ground-breaking
work. The bas reliefed murals in Sidney were the first of their kind, and have had artists from all over the continent contacting my studio to find out how they were done.

I believe that as an artist, to be an artist, is to continue to learn, explore, expand one’s knowledge and skills. This means constantly testing, pushing the boundaries of both one’s own skills and the products available.

For me, to ever be confined to one genre, palette, or family of products would be impossibly stifling. The creation of Art is a lifelong adventure, to be explored and
savoured, Each vision has a life and presence of its own, and demands its own
unique way of being presented to the world.

It is my task, my obligation, to be the instrument of that presentation.....

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