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  • Perfect Paperback: 48 pages
  • Publisher: Menlo Books; first edition (April 30, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0982987420
  • ISBN-13: 978-0982987421
  • Product Dimensions: 11.7 x 8.8 x 0.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,280,164 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Mitchell Johnson is an artist based in Silicon Valley. Mitchell Johnson's paintings have appeared in ARTnews, Art in America, the NY Times Magazine, American Artist, Oprah s Next Chapter, The Mindy Project, Southwest Art, San Francisco Magazine, Provincetown Arts, Cape Arts Review, ArtScope, Art Ltd., Modern Painters, The NY Times T Magazine, Sunset Magazine, Gentry, The Huffington Post, American Contemporary Art, and many feature films including The Holiday (2006), It s Complicated (2009), The Lodger (2009), and Crazy Stupid Love (2011). Based in Silicon Valley, Mitchell Johnson moved to California in 1990 after completing his MFA at Parsons School of Design in New York City. Johnson was heavily influenced by his NY teachers Paul Resika, Leland Bell, Larry Rivers, Robert DeNiro, Sr., John Heliker and Nell Blaine many former students of Hans Hofmann. Johnson divides his time between his California studio and his favorite painting locations in Italy, France, Cape Cod and Denmark. His paintings can be found in over 700 collections including the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco, the New Mexico Museum of Art, the Frederick R. Weisman Museum at Pepperdine, New Britain Museum of American Art, the Ogunquit Museum of American Art and the Federal Reserve Board in Washington, DC. Johnson s work has been the subject of solo exhibitions in San Francisco, Los Angeles, St. Helena, Portland, New York, Oakland, Palo Alto, Menlo Park, Washington, DC and Kansas City. He is represented by I. Wolk Gallery, Ma(i)sonry Napa Valley, Schoolhouse Gallery and FilmArt LA. All thirteen of his publications are for sale at Amazon.com. He is married to the writer, Donia Bijan.

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Mitchell Johnson is a San Francisco Bay Area artist whose color and shape driven paintings explore the complexity of our visual sense and the importance of context for our perceptions. Johnson's paintings appear regularly in the New York Times T Magazine and he divides his time between his Redwood City studio and his favorite painting locations in Cape Cod, Italy, Switzerland, France and Bornholm, Denmark.

Johnson's paintings have appeared in ARTnews, Art in America, the NY Times Magazine, American Artist, Oprah's Next Chapter, The Mindy Project, Southwest Art, San Francisco Magazine, Provincetown Arts, Cape Arts Review, ArtScope, Art Ltd., Modern Painters, The NY Times T Magazine, Sunset Magazine, Gentry, The Huffington Post, American Contemporary Art, Revenge (Season 3) and many feature films including The Holiday (2006), It's Complicated (2009), The Lodger (2009), and Crazy Stupid Love (2011). His paintings can be found in the permanent collections of numerous US museums and over 800 private collections.

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Both painters embody a freshness in their use of color and space!
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He simply grows more sophisticated in technique in a way that brings his audience deeper into the canvases he creates.
Grady Harp
I recommend this book highly for the novice or accomplished artist!
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Grady Harp HALL OF FAMETOP 50 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on May 5, 2011
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Mitchell Johnson continues to be one of the more erudite minds in contemporary art as well a being tremendously successful in both abstraction and representation painting. COLOR LESSONS is once again a highly sophisticated book/catalogue in a growing line of fine books about the art and mind of Mitchell Johnson. In this book filled with richly reproduced images of Johnson's work there is a conversation between the artist and Peter Campion, poet, writer and teacher at Stanford University - an interesting re-visit from a catalogue interview between these two articulate men from 2005. At that time Mitchell Johnson was not a household word or on the lips of fellow artists: now he is.

The 'why' of the increased visibility of the art of Mitchell Johnson is in part attributed to the multiple exhibitions of his art both in the USA and in Europe: it is in larger part due to the increasing sophistication of his art. Johnson has always moved comfortably between his signature abstract paintings - singularly beautiful and majestic blocks of color so sensitively juxtaposed that a quick glance is soon altered into a prolonged examination: there appear to be stories within the colors that seduce the viewer to explore - and his seemingly straightforward scenes of houses in landscapes, figures in groups, vistas of untainted land in Denmark, Tuscany, France, Cape Cod, and of course his own home in Northern California. He gathers palette ideas in every location that finds his visit and then creates from those new parcels of visual data even more complex works in studio, sometimes built as blocks of color that construct his representational or as simply color for color's sake that inform his abstract paintings.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By mhartstudio on October 30, 2012
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Mitchell Johnson's work Is fresh, clear, open and gives a sense of being there yourself. His color choices and knowledge of color is exciting and stimulating to the viewer. he is generous with his art and art lessons. I recommend this book highly for the novice or accomplished artist! mary hunter, artist, Austin, TX
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By M. Bowles on October 28, 2012
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Mitchell Johnsons ,Color Lessons is a book every artist, collector, novice,could learn from.. from his instinct about color,to the definition of color. The ability he shows to go back and forth and the inbetween, representational work and abstraction with color theory being used as a vocuabulary...The unique application seems effortless, yet to study his work, you realize the depth of this artist. It is all there in every painting. His talent is immense. His knowledge is immense and the way he explains it in a relaxed manner, makes just more comfortable, and as relatable as his paintings. The more you look at this work the more you are able to discover. mark bowles
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I loved this catalog. Johnson is truly a master of color. He has an original color vision almost as powerful as Wayne Thiebaud
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