James W. Johnson and Erika Pochybova Johnson
"The Johnson's - New Work"
August 2–September 28, 2013
Christine DeVitt Exhibition Hall
“The Johnsons” are a married couple who live in Lubbock and work as full-time studio artists. Acrylic and oil painting are their primary media. James and Erika mostly focus on their individual artworks but also paint some collaborative pieces together.
Erika is a self-taught artist who has developed a very unique style of painting that uses elaborate combinations of brightly colored dots, shape and lines. Her imagery varies widely and includes many animals, flowers, landscapes and abstraction.
In 2012, Erika Pochybova Johnson was chosen to paint to 2 large, public art commissions for the University Medical Center in Lubbock, TX (the new East Tower Building). Erika's paintings have been included in over 35 exhibitions nationally and she received a Silver Merit Award in a New York City based national competition. Erika also won a 2nd place Award in the “Texas National” competition that was juried by nationally-recognized artist Mel Chin and a 2nd place Award in the Houston-based “Texas Art 2009” juried by Shelly Langdale, Associate Curator of Prints and Drawings in Philadelphia Museum of Art. In 2010, Erika was a selected finalist for the "Hunting Art Prize" in Houston, won 3rd place in International Landscape Competition, and was selected for a national juried exhibition "System Failure", curated by Sarah Tanguy; an independent curator, arts writer & critic, and a curator for the Art in Embassies Program in Washington, DC. In 2011, Erika's work was featured in the “Artist Portfolio Magazine”. Her artwork has also been featured in the Slovakian national publication, New Time Sunday, in 3 issues of the national publication Creative Quarterly, and in the 2010 Winter issue of ARTNEWS Magazine.
James W Johnson holds a BA degree from The State University of New York at Oswego and an MFA from Texas Tech University. While being primarily a painter, James has produced a large and complex body of work which includes over 2000 unique pieces in a wide variety of mediums such painting, drawing, sculpture, etching, digital, mixed media, video, and furniture. James has participated in over 170 exhibitions worldwide and has over 700 pieces included in more than 200 public and private collections on five continents. In 1998, James was featured on the cover of the national publication “New American Paintings”. His latest paintings make use of a variety of techniques and imagery. The subject matter of his new pieces include animals, food, abstractions, skyscapes, and combinations of the above.
One aspect that the Johnsons' new paintings have in common is that they both are trying to make paintings that are positive and visually pleasing. The Johnsons exhibit regularly at the Charles Adams Gallery in Lubbock and at commercial galleries in Houston, Santa Fe and Tulsa.
Most of the Johnson's paintings will be for sale and prints are available.
Erika Pochybova-Johnson Website