With his sculpting tools, Greg Johnson looks for ways to develop rich textures, while maintaining a faithful and sensitive relationship to the meticulous detail work of the object being depicted. With a clear vision of the outcome, Greg is open to surprises often discovered in the process. His own children provide an abundance of ideas for his very popular work. Greg relates that by “experiencing one’s life experiences, ideas can flow easily”. This work is an example. He recalls his first sizeable fish caught at a ripe time for a “rite of passage.”
My early career focused on figurative themes in bronze and cast stainless steel. My new work focuses on geometric shapes and segmented circle forms that depict or suggest things that we see and are familiar with but cannot touch or quantify. Inspired by curves depicted in life and nature, I like how they meander, cross over each other, and are more happily found in nature than straight lines. My emphasis on the circle as a thematic symbol portrays presence in everyday life.”
Sculptor Gregory Johnson views “life as a journey that comes full circle.” Born in
Chicago, his interest in art started at the early age of 5; he’s gone from smoothing dirt in a tree well to now smoothing stainless steel in his sculptures. He has always been detail oriented and enjoys building unique things that challenge the mind and boundaries.
Recently released sculptures may be seen in the Sioux Falls Sculpture Walk and Avera McKennen SD, Art Tour Salinas and Hutchinson KS, Castlegar Canada, Columbus and Suwanee GA, Gilette WY, Eau Claire WI, Mankato MN, Kingsport TN, Forsyth County GA and Miami FL.