The lo-fi spirit of ’s
drawings, prints, and paintings comes from his formative years in the Californian skate and punk-rock scenes of the 1980s and ’90s and the lively DIY culture that went with this. His latest series of limited-edition prints, released by San Francisco-based Paulson Bott Press
, continues to emit the mellow aura and ground-up ethos of these origins.
Johanson began making zines, painting skateboards, and designing concert posters amongst the
, graffiti, and folk art aesthetic of this period in San Francisco, which came to be known as the Mission School, a name coined by critic Glen Helfand, though in actuality refers to artists in the wider Northern California region. Johanson’s naive hand, relentless use of color, and sourcing of the wood on which he paints (he never uses canvas) from scrapyards or the street, align him with the sprawling movement’s ideology.