Celia Johnson, ‘Getai’, 2016, FRED.GIAMPIETRO Gallery

Celia Johnson writes, "I like to organize visual structure and I start the exploration by utilizing both analog and digital collage. Here I explore form in both deconstruction and recombination, in redundancy and repeat, testing the balance and tension within figure-ground relationships. Through this method I gradually construct my distinct form-in-form compositions of formal and chromatic components. These are built into layered, structured fields of color, and as I proceed, one composition suggests another." Celia Johnson received her BFA in design and printmaking at California College of the Arts. She has worked professionally in the design field in San Francisco, New York and Germany for clients including Levis Strauss, ESPRIT, The New York Times and Condé Nast. While in Germany, she studied painting as a visiting student at the Kunstakademie Düsseldorf under Prof. Christian Megert during a decade-long stay there. Returning to New York City, Celia pursued her concentration in painting while continuing to work professionally as an internationally recognized and award-winning designer/illustrator. Additionally she served as adjunct faculty at the Maryland Institute College of Art, and holds an MPS graduate degree in new media design from NYU's Tisch School of the Arts ITP program.

Selected Exhibitions

2016 Art in America, Elizabeth Stone Haper Gallery, curated by Julie Torres and Ann Stoddard, Presbyterian College, Clinton, SC
New Geometry, Fred Giampietro Gallery, New Haven, CT
2015 Holiday Exhibition, Fred Giampietro Gallery, New Haven, CT
Wonderment, Hunt Hill Farm - Silo Gallery, curated by Jessica Jane Russell, New Milford, CT
Clint Jukkala & John Newman with works by Celia Johnson, Fred Giampietro Gallery, New Haven, CT
In Focus Gallery | Works on Paper, GreenHill Space for NC Art, Greensboro, NC
Some Assembly Required, curated by Mark Wethli, The Curator Gallery, New York, NY
2014 The Painting Center Turns 21!, The Painting Center, New York, NY
COLOR | FORM, Horace Williams House, Chapel Hill, NC (solo)
Patterson | Suggs | Johnson, LIGHT Art + Design, Chapel Hill, NC
2013 Little Somethings, ParisCONCRET, Paris, France
Winter Show, Greenhill Space for NC Art, Greensboro, NC
Form Gesture Vision, 311 West Martin Street Gallery, Raleigh, NC
North Carolina Artists Exhibition, Duke Energy Center for Performing Arts, Raleigh, NC (Juror, William Dunlap)
Open Source, Visual Art Exchange Gallery, Raleigh, NC - Juried by Elysia
Borowy-Reeder, Executive Director, Contemporary Art Museum, Raleigh, NC
Exchange Gallery, Visual Art Exchange Gallery, Raleigh, NC
2012 This & That, Harris Warren Gallery, Wake Forest, NC
2011 Paintings for Midsummer, HighPoint Gallery, Philadelphia, PA (solo)
POST, Herman Street Studios, Philadelphia, PA
Selected Awards & Grants

2016 The Sam & Adele Golden Foundation for the Arts Residency Grant, New Berlin, NY
Artist Resident and Grant Recipient, Virginia Center for the Creative Arts, Amherst, VA
2015 Artist Resident and Grant Recipient, Vermont Studio Center, Johnson, VT
Scholarship award, Ninth Annual International Encaustic Conference, Provincetown, MA