Robert A. Johnson Artist Biography
Robert A. Johnson practiced law for several years before deciding to pack all of his belongings and head for Europe. He spent two years living in the small rural German village of Kleiningersheim. While there, he learned German and traveled to see the art Europe had to offer. Johnson said, “I feel that making that change in my life gave me confidence to make whatever changes might be necessary to live a fruitful life, including giving art my best effort."
Robert Johnson believes that drawing is the most important element in the foundation of realistic art. Johnson admires the works of Rembrandt, Velasquez and Halsall and is influenced by the nineteenth and twentieth century painters William Merrit Chase and Winslow Homer. Johnson has worked in pastels, watercolors and all drawing media but the majority of his works are done in oil. “Oil gives color and richness. I love the beauty of the paint itself, the lushness and richness.”
Johnson has received the much coveted Salmagundi Award and has had his work featured in the private collection of the Art Student's League. His works hang in many private collections in the United States and abroad.
Robert Johnson believes, "that drawing is the most important element in the foundation of realistic art. I have pursued drawing vigorously, not unusually putting in twelve to fourteen hour days working at it," Johnson said. "The Art Student's League of New York has been important to me in developing my draftsman skills." Johnson first studied briefly with the late Robert Beverly Hale, an instructor in anatomy and drawing, and later with Michael Burban, his successor at the Art Student's League.