Getting Jiggy with Johanson
by Abi Crompton·
This month, Third Drawer Down welcome USA artist, Chris Johanson to the family - with a collection of super fun and collectable art oddities including the best plush toys we have ever laid eyes on.
In case you feel like some artist education, and why wouldn't you, here's some juice on Chris - plus a little interview we like to call 'Three with Third Drawer Down'.
So what is it about Chris and his work we were drawn to? Well, at first glimpse, his work appears colourful, playful and optimistic but as we dissect his paintings, installations and prints further, conversations of political and economic conflict reveal themselves, his creations exist as a social commentary, consisting of Johanson’s formulated visual language. Described as a ‘poet of the people’ Chris Johanson provides an optic into the Everyman’s reality creating a relatable, simple and often humorous perspective of his observations, he channels messages of hope and optimism, encouraging positive energy when sincerely addressing the world’s issues.
Plus, his work is relatable! What is it that makes it so damn relatable?! Aside from the fact it’s so visually appealing… It’s most likely due to the fact his works are about each and every one of us, touching on our current issues, events and states of being. When asked his preferred medium to work with, Johanson responded: “I love to work in the medium of life.” So I guess that explains it! Nothing is more engaging than straight life slapped on paper! His work exists for all, straying from exclusivity and elitism to be viewed, questioned and appreciated by everyone.
We are so happy to have finally collaborated with this incredible artist and warm soul. Here's our three with Chris.
Three with Third Drawer Down