Born in Columbus, Ohio in 1968, Ron Johnson received an MFA from Virginia Commonwealth University in 2003. Since then, Johnson has exhibited widely both nationally and internationally, and was a resident at the Ucross Foundation Residency in Cleamont, Wyoming in 2004 and at the Cite Internationale des Arts in Paris, France in 2002. In his recent work, Johnson uses an exhuberant color palate and an economy of line to create his alluring surface effects. Johnson uses canvas dam walls to corral the poured paint and polyurethane mix. Each layer must be sanded vigorously to ensure as much precision as possible. This sanding process gives the surface a unique sheen, simultaneously transparent and opaque and tactily smooth and supple, reminiscent of encaustic. Through the process, the layers become diffused and viscously permiable, with the crisp edges of the poured forms creating a traceable history.

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