Duncan Johnson (b. Barre, VT 1963) is a contemporary assemblage artist best known for his intricate meticulously crafted panels created with scavenged painted wood.
Johnson works intuitively selecting each piece of wood as a painter selects hues of paint from a palette to establish a predominantly muted array of color from which to draw. Although emphatically assembled out of wood, his pieces are composed according to the intuitive logic of abstract painting.
Aspects of sculpture, drawing and painting are all present within Johnson’s work as strips of reclaimed wood come together to bring their own character to each piece. Patterns of wear, often fastened together with a matrix of fine wire nails laid along a delicate grid, are “unburdened” by any need for rigorous interpretation.
Johnson’s work has been included in numerous exhibitions throughout the US. He is a recipient of the Pollock Krasner Foundation Grant (2010), the American Academy of Arts and Letters Award (2009) and the New York Foundation for the Arts Sculpture Fellowship (2001) among others.
Johnson received his BFA from Pratt Institute, Brooklyn, NY