Press Release: Ian Johnson


835 Larkin Street    San Francisco, CA 94109    (P) 415 931 1500

Presents: New Works by Ian Johnson

MAY 9th – JUNE 6th

White Walls Gallery is proud to present New Works by Ian Johnson. An opening reception will be held Saturday, May 9th, 2009 from 7pm to 11pm at 835 Larkin Street, SF. We are excited to welcome back the San Francisco based artist, Ian Johnson, who pays homage to the paramount jazz musicians of the ‘40s, ‘50s and ‘60s.

Ian Johnson grew up in Syracuse, NY, where he developed a love for jazz by listening to his grandfather’s favorite radio station. Years later, while living in San Francisco, Ian’s interest in this nostalgic music genre was rekindled through skate video soundtracks. To fill his empty walls, Ian began painting his own jazz posters that naturally evolved into t-shirt and skateboard graphics. Combining his passion for music and skating, the young artist started Western Edition: a skate brand that uses images of jazz legends to express movement, action, and energy. Landmark musicians such as Miles Davis, Nat King Cole and John Coltrane are represented; chosen for their historic role in revolutionizing music as we know it. As Ian is impulsively attracted to the geometry of faces, these jazz performers’ expressions are rendered in black and white against psychedelic rays of color. Ian’s hypnotizing designs reflect the improvisational quality of skateboarding and jazz music, a commonality that continually inspires him. His portraits resonate with the excitement of a live jazz performance through expressive faces and energetic lines, translating the soul of jazz into contemporary times.


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