DALE JOHNSON

 
 

Various sizes available starting at around 15 inches up to 30 inches depending on the series so please contact us for availability.

DALE JOHNSON (AMERICAN, b. 1944)

Dale Johnson was raised in Buenos Aires, Argentina and Sao Paulo, Brazil and currently splits her time between Carmel, CA and Santa Fe, NM. In 1984, she graduated from the Art Center College of Design, in Pasadena, California with a degree in graphic design. Upon graduation, she became a partner in Johnson & Johnson Studio, in Honolulu, Hawaii, specializing in designing collateral for Resorts and Hotels. She illustrated a children’s book, "The Gorp’s Gift" promoting gun safety for small children. She also has production experience; she oversaw printing in Hong Kong for the entire line of wall calendars for Andrews & McMeel, Kansas City, MO including Gary Larson’s “The Far Side”, Calvin and Hobbes, and Ziggy. In 2008, she began experimenting with photographic lenses looking for one to emulate her painting style. This process grew into a love of the Holga lens and her current photographic style.

AWARDS
2010 Worldwide Photography Gala Award
Silver Honorable Mention Award
“Urban and Country Landscape” Contest
Image selected for a book

ARTIST STATEMENT

For the past 30 years I have been an artist working with different mediums such as charcoal, gauche, watercolor and pastel. Over time, however, photography became my new means of expression. As the word photography literally means “drawing with light”, I have found the camera to be the closest tool to my charcoal and pastels to express these feelings and spontaneity I cherish. I was drawn to the pictorialist style of photography which, in 1911, the Encyclopedia Britannica called a “personal artistic expression”. Pictorialism paralleled the impressionist style of painting that was characterized by soft focus and atmospheric effects. In order not to compromise this creative endeavor with a myriad of photographic equipment, I experimented extensively with different lenses to find the artistic tool to best serve my purpose. I searched for a lens that would convey a timeless solitude and a look of times-gone-by.

I exclusively use a toy camera lens adapted to a sophisticated digital camera body. All images are shot with available light. This has given my work a moody, evocative and dreamy feeling. Working with a fixed aperture toy camera lens has proven unpredictable at best. I have had to learn to adapt to its idiosyncratic nature and rely on my eye, intuitive feelings, instinct and my inner artist. It has brought me back to why I fell in love with art. My art education led me to appreciate the quality of light, form and texture and how they set the tone or mood for my photographs, in composition, pallet and texture. I have intentionally used the “noise and pixels” of an image to emulate the technique of paintings in the style of “ Pointallism”. Pointallism uses points of color which are actually tiny brushstrokes, in my case, pixels. By standing away from the painting the viewer relies on the eye and brain to blend these brushstrokes into a meaningful picture. I intend the viewer to view my work in this manner.