b. 1993, Detroit MI.
Matthew Ryan Johnson is a multimedia artist and educator living and working in Denton TX exploring themes of existential uncertainty, the fluidity and bias of memory, impermanence and embodiment. His work utilizes interdisciplinary processes that primarily result in drawings and paintings,
Johnson received his Master of Fine Arts from the College of Visual Arts and Design at the University of North Texas in 2021, where he worked closely with artists Binod Shrestha, Liss LaFleur, Matthew Bourbon, Lauren Lake and Elaine Pawlowicz. Matthew received his Bachelor of Fine Arts from the School of Art and Design at Eastern Michigan University in 2016 where he worked closely with Michael Reedy, Amy Sacksteder, Dustin London, and Brooks Harris Stevens.
He currently teaches figure drawing at the University of North Texas.
My drawings and paintings are composites of interdisciplinary research that mediate the subtle space between perceived memory and personal projection. I aim to embody space, time, and the elusive essence or spirit of a nuanced and subjective subject. My work responds to personal, experienced phenomena with ontological organization through a process driven and investigative practice. Multimedia collecting, research, and observation supply images and artifacts that compose a visual language I use to respond to or capture an experience, while studio rituals of appropriation, collage, tracing, copying, projection, printing and revision afford me the ability to confront the temporal element of experience, and respond with some agency. This process of recollection and response results in something wholly new and alchemical.