Carl B Johnson


Carl is an expatriate of New Jersey. He has been called a “twisted Hopper” and dubbed “outlaw artist” by friend and renowned poet, walt Christopher stickney. He has exhibited extensively throughout the southern New Jersey & Philadelphia region, and currently in the Sonoran Desert region of Arizona. His work resides in private collections throughout the United States.

A representational painter, Carl obscures the lines between Abstract Expressionism and Contemporary Impressionism creating a style that is truly unique. His most recent works involve the artist’s observations of disappearing faces and scenes in his community.

Carl is partner with Liz Nicklus in the Independent Artist Studios, creating large mosaic mural installations, such as the 10 by 65-foot exterior installation at the Atlantic Regional Medical Center in Atlantic City, NJ; the two panel interior installation in the Gloucester County Health Department in Sewell, NJ; a three-panel installation at the Senior Center in Millville, NJ and the 27-foot wall at the Center for Performing Arts at Raritan Community College in Branchburg, NJ.

Carl has served as an officer on the board of directors of the Riverfront Renaissance Center for the Arts for the first few years of its development, and was on the board of directors of Da Vinci Art Alliance in Philadelphia. He is a founding member of the Glasstown Nine, a painting group comprised of Cumberland County artists. He published a regional arts newspaper, “INFERNO”.

Now residing in the glorious state of Arizona, Carl continues painting local bar scenes and local landmarks. He also creates 3-dimensional sculptures from discarded, repurposed and found objects. He creates working clocks from debris and detritus scavenged from the desert.

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