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Dean Johnson is a third generation artist who began painting at the age of seven by his father's side. Johnson established his reputation in New York at the age of eighteen with his own unique style and while still only twenty-two was featured in a one-man art show at the famed Stricoff Gallery in SOHO. This made Dean the youngest artist at the time to have a show in Soho.

Johnson credits the post 1950's modern artists Frank Stella and Joan Mitchell as his main influences. He says, "I am inspired by Mitchell's colors. While not a primary palette, they seem to express a vivid spectrum." On Stella, Dean comments "Frank Stella's works has always inspired my art. His multidimensional pieces really got to me, kept me up at night. Upon seeing The Science of Laziness at 17 years old, I knew this was my life's work."

Johnson's art always stood out for its vibrant colors and the joining of old and new mediums. His wall sculptures made of reclaimed wood and modern mediums speak of understated motion and grace and critics have applauded his ability to produce three-dimensional harmony with shapes and abstract illusion.

His latest works featuring iconic figures is even more impressive in its innovation and distinctiveness. They are living pieces—"light boxes" of sorts, only they're not boxes but panels composed of plexi-resin providing endless views and 16 million plus colors! The panels are not only made of resin and acrylic but also pigmented inks, film, and encaustic wax dyed with oil paints. So paint is still involved only in an entirely unusual way. These light panels can also be changed around from one to another to multiply even further the color mix and expand the imagination. Johnson's intention was to create a piece to soothe the viewer with the movement of the colored lights.

In his own words: "I have been dreaming this art for a very long time. I've done many pieces with similar mediums, but never with the LED lights. I'm extremely thrilled to do these because I feel so passionate about this invention. It's totally unique, totally my invention and no one else's. I've taken a lot of ideas over the years from other artists, as we all do, but this one is completely mine… This art will be copied, no doubt, and ripped off! But mine is the ORIGINAL."

A quick look at the Johnson family history provides early evidence of the creativity that is the hallmark of Dean's work. It is noteworthy that Dean's great-grandfather, Edward Hibberd Johnson, was partners with Thomas Edison and is credited as the inventor of Christmas tree lights in 1882. Hence, it's no surprise that innovation runs in his veins and creating with lights is literally part of his heritage. And Dean is not the only Johnson to inherit the family's artistic talent. Brother Keith Johnson is the found-objects buyer and a creative force behind the Anthropologie retail stores.

Dean works out of his Westhampton Beach studio on Long Island, producing art for prominent galleries, private collectors and corporate customers in New York, Florida, California and globally. His one-of-a-kind pieces have caught the eye of Jack Nicholson, Howard Stern, Eddie Murphy, Woody Allen, Missy Elliot, LeeAnn Rimes, several NFL, NBA and MLB stars, among others.

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