Author(s): Ian Johnson
San Francisco based artist Ian Johnson has been busy since his 2008 monograph Beauty is a Rare Thing. Six solo shows and a group exhibition later, his work has evolved while remaining jarringly cool and full of life. This new book from Paper Museum Press presents new paintings and drawings by Johnson in his signature style: portraits of jazz musicians from the '40s, '50s, and '60s produced using gouache, acrylic, or pen on paper or wood panel. Johnson combines abstract backgrounds with figurative representations to create jaw-dropping pieces that succeed at evoking the music of each artist. Creative geometric compositions of space and color unfold to express the tone of each musician's output. Ian Johnson's work has been featured in Juxtapoz and Jazz Colours and he has created illustrations for The New York Times, San Francisco Chronicle, Wax Poetics, and The New Yorker.