Gary Johnson



Gary and his studio companion, Jako. -Gary Johnson
Gary and his studio companion, Jako.

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2005 Arts For The Parks Mini Grand Prize WinnerSuperintendent of the Grand Teton National Park,Mary Gibson-Scott, presents award to Gary -Gary Johnson
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2005 Arts For The Parks Mini Grand Prize Winner
Superintendent of the Grand Teton National Park,
Mary Gibson-Scott, presents award to Gary

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2005 Arts For The Parks Mini Gold Medal Grand Prize winning painting"The Silence Of Dawn" -Gary Johnson
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2005 Arts For The Parks Mini Gold Medal Grand Prize winning painting
"The Silence Of Dawn"


"Being a painter is a way of life, you live and breathe art." This how artist Gary Johnson approaches his art. Wildlife and landscape painter, Gary Johnson takes this philosophy to heart. He has traveled to many wild areas of the world, Africa to Belize to our nation`s most beautiful wilderness areas, in his quest for a unique and inspiring image. After earning a Master of Arts degree in Painting and Drawing from California State University Los Angeles, Gary made his living as a medical illustrator and honed his fine art skills on his own time. In 1993, he started painting wildlife and landscapes to express his uncompromising beliefs in wildlife and habitat conservation. In 2005, Gary won the Gold Medal Grand Prize in the Arts For The Parks Mini Top 100 competition, the highest honor one can receive for representational art in this country. "This honor validated everything I have done for the last ten years. I am still pinching myself that this happened." Gary works primarily in oils and mixed media on handmade paper. His recent award is an oil painting, but his reputation has been built upon his unique mixed media on handmade paper technique. He paints these paintings using pastel, watercolor and gouache paint on various handmade papers. He mainly uses mulberry and silk papers. "I started experimenting with this technique to come up with a unique image and presentation of my artwork. It took about a year to come up with a combination of materials that worked well. Handmade papers are very rough and bleed very easily, so I had to overcome these problems to create detailed, realistic paintings". These paintings are now his best selling paintings at art shows and galleries throughout the country.

His artwork has been juried into the prestigious Art For The Parks Top 100 competition (1996,1998, 2000, 2002 and 2005), winning the Mini Top 100 Grand Prize Gold Medal in 2005,Art and the Animal at the Bennington Center for the Arts in Vermont (2001, 2004, 2008 and 2009), and the Pastel Society of America exhibition (1996). His paintings have received awards at the Phippen Museum of Western Art in 1999, 2000, and 2001, as well as a number of the top wildlife and western art shows in the nation, including the Russell Auction, the Museum of Western Art, the Gilcrease Museum, the NatureWorks and the Southeastern Wildlife Exposition. In 2005, Gary was selected as the Artist in Residence for the Rocky Mountain National Park in Colorado. Gary's artwork has been featured in Western Art and Architecture, Western Art Collector, Wildlife Art, Southwest Art, Sporting Classics, Art of the West, Arizona Highways, InformArt, U.S. Art and Art Business News magazines and Sotheby's of London auction house. He is represented by fine art galleries in Montana, Florida, Texas, Idaho and California.

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