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Aaron Johnson (US)

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"Fish Monger" 2017, acrylic on paper on panel, 69 x 139 cm, 27 x 55 in
“In the current dismal state of the nation, viewing Johnson’s explosively grotesque paintings is suddenly a bit like looking in the mirror. As subtle as a popped blister, they ransack the cultural vernacular and spew it back in our face, with plenty of blood, guts, and bodily fluids. God Bless America.” Modern Painters.

"Works that are visceral, beautiful and flamboyantly timely, which is saying a lot" Roberta Smith, The New York Times

"A tour de force of talent and passion" Art News

"The horror vacui sensation is akin to Bosch's overpopulated Hell in Johnson's lovely abominations" The Village Voice

"Gnarly, glaring monster mash imagery swirling amid iridescent, apocalyptic catastrophes." DArt International

"An unusually efficient fusion of paint, process and image that, whether you like it or not, teems with decorative malevolence." Roberta Smith, The New York Times

"Johnson's unique surfaces turn garish carnival compositions into something lurking on the dark side of beauty." The Village Voice

"Seductive works that deliver a biting critique of current society" Beautiful Decay
"In Aaron Johnson’s paintings, death always sticks its face forward. A loving couple in erotic ecstasy is ripped apart by wild animals, and a fox with a foaming mouth bites the heart out of the chest of a naked woman he mounts. In Johnson's pictorial universe, vitality and death, beauty and destruction, rapture and grief are not opposites but intertwined, mutually dependent conditions of existence. >>Creation and destruction are closely linked. Man must realize his mortality. Death also has beauty<< says Aaron Johnson.

In several of Aaron Johnson’s newest works he moves away from a specific American context and focuses on the human animal's existential life-struggle. But we are also reunited with his baroque motifs of anti-heroes who give the United States a critical treatment. With perverted versions of Christ, Uncle Sam, Statue of Liberty and American superheroes, Aaron Johnson explores the dirty corners of the American dream." Tom Hermansen, 2012
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