Erik Johnson

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Erik Johnson was born in 1970 in Fort Bragg, North Carolina. Drawing, painting and other creative pursuits have been a part of Erik’s life as far back as he can remember.  Initially Erik dreamed of being a cartoonist but eventually that was replaced with the desire to be an animator or an illustrator. It wasn’t until he had moved to Charleston, South Carolina in 1996 and lived there for several years that he began to take notice of fine art and the gallery scene. Though he didn’t initially believe it to be possible he knew that he wanted to be a part of it. Self-taught, or “a student of independent study”, as he puts it, Erik’s talents range from illustration and photography to contemporary realism. It’s his contemporary realism that caught the eye of mentor and friend Robert Lange, and continues to catch the eye of art lovers and collectors. Active in the Charleston arts scene for the past seven years, Erik’s passion for art led him to make the leap from a traditional day job in 2011 to a full-time focus on art.  Erik’s approach to painting always starts with an idea, not a painting technique. He strives to use common objects to make images that are both beautiful and thought provoking, to present contemporary issues in a poetic manner.



Robert Lange Studios