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Chris Johanson (American, b.1968)
LOT ID: 78481
You know life, 2008

Screenprint
14 х 11 in. (35.56 x 27.94 cm.)
Signed, dated and numbered 14/20 in pencil on the recto of all; with the folding paper portfolio sleeve as issued
Print/Casting Year 2008
Edition 14/20
Foundry/Publisher Ocholocopress
Lot description

Print size is 14 x 11 inches (35.6 x 27.9 cm). Portfolio size is 15 x 12 inches (38.1 x 30.48 cm).

Chris Johanson (American, b.1968) is a painter and Street artist associated with the San Francisco Mission School, and best known for his Graffiti Art and playful, cartoon-like style. Born in San Jose, CA, he had no formal artistic training, but began working on figurative drawings and painting on skateboards at an early age. In 1989, he moved to San Francisco’s Mission District, and became part of a group of artists, collectively known as The Mission School, who sought to convey urban realism and social commentary in their Graffiti Art. Johansson rose to fame after his site-specific installation was featured in the 2002 Whitney Biennial. The next year he was one of the winners of the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art's "SFMOMA SECA Experimental Design Award." Drawing inspiration from children’s art and comic strips, Johanson reduces scenes to simple, geometric elements. His recent work focuses on large-scale acrylic paintings, such as Fall Apart and Let It Go (2011) and Contemporary Flower Painting #3 (2011), which feature brightly colored, geometric patterns on wood. He has held solo exhibitions at the Hammer Museum in Los Angeles, Deitch Projects in New York, and the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art. He lives and works in Portland, OR.
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