The first thing that distinguishes Ian Johnson’s paintings from run-of-the-mill musician portraits is his excellent taste in subjects. A jazz lover, he’s focused on the likes of Miles Davis, Nat King Cole, and John Coltrane. But the main thing that distinguishes Johnson’s art is its dynamism. Combining stong and lively use of line with colors that vibrate, Johnson makes iconic images that sing. -Huston, San Francisco Bay Guardian
Don’t miss Ian Johnson‘s opening tonight from 7-11pm at 835 Larkin.