"From my earliest recollections, my work has always been representational in nature. It reflects a strong European tradition of a softly detailed surface quality, while expressing the energy and vitality of contemporary life. The first step, which is the most important for me, is to capture the "PRESENCE" of the moment; this is cone by creating a feeling of character, selecting the most expressive composition, and enhancing the feeling of movement. Artists's describe this ability to capture movement as being gesturely rich. Even static objects can have an intrinsic feeling of movement. With my sculpting tools, I look for ways to have a rich texture, while having a faithful and sensitive relationship to the meticulous detail of the object being depicted. While I have a clear personal vision of where the artwork is headed, I do yield to the surprises often discovered in the process"
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.