Wednesday, March 27, 2013

Hump Day Artist: Chuck Johnson

This week's Hump Day Artist is a local Memphis artist, Chuck Johnson.  He is also a former professor of mine and a good friend.  His work is mostly made using encaustics, a technique using hot wax and colored pigments.  His work has been extremely influential on mine, mainly in the way that he merges abstraction and nature.  His paintings are incredibly beautiful but also slightly eerie and hard to pin down: they are sometimes flat, sometimes spacial, sometimes realistic, sometimes abstract.  Here is a quote from his artist statement:

"My work is an ongoing effort to reconcile disparate elements; painting and drawing, structure and chance, dimensional space and flatness, personal information and an aesthetic connection to the viewer."

Check out more of Chuck Johnson's work at  You can also see some of Chuck's Johnson's pieces at the Dixon Museum's current show: Present Tense: The Art of Memphis from 2001- Now.  All images from


  1. Ah encaustic art is my new favorite! These are amazing though!