My art centers on multiple ways to visualize a landscape. It is less about subject and symbols and more about a blending poetic type of abstraction. It is an exercise to find visual similarities and contrasts. I gravitate towards solutions that evoke simultaneous growths and collapses with fluctuating forms held in mobile suspension. There are contrasts between the forms and backgrounds but ultimately I want everything to fit together. The backgrounds are textured with multiple porous layers of paint. The colors and textures can be atmospheric or dense. Simple geometric shapes hold together in bundles. There are spills of paint, line marks and trails, spliced patches and spots. The approach to making this work comes from trial and error and each individual painting takes a particular course depending on how the layers and structures overlap, how the colors and forms interact.


Originally from the Midwest now a long time resident of New York City, Carrie Johnson received a B.A. in Fine Arts from Indiana University in 1979. She was an Intern at the Walker Art Center before embarking upon graduate studies in the Yale University MFA program. She graduated with a Design degree in 1982, the same year she received a Ford Foundation Grant and moved to New York City. After a long career working on Design projects, in 2000 she focused solely on producing paintings. She has created painting series titled Scaffolds (2004), Drift (2006), Letters to the Earth (2007), Material (2008), Oregon Road (2010), and Entanglements (2016). In 2001, Johnson participated in Selections Fall 2001: 12 Views at The Drawing Center in New York. She was a member of A.I.R. Gallery from 2016-2019, and was featured in the Summer Group Exhibition at Anita Rogers Gallery in 2016. A limited-edition collage collection, Make the World Run More Smoothly, was published in December 2018 on the occasion of NADA, Miami Beach, Florida, at the A.I.R. Gallery booth. In January 2019, she was included in a group show titled Abstract Connectivity at Lichtundfire. In February 2019, she participated in a show titled Stratus Lift at the A.I.R. Gallery in Brooklyn. In October 2019, she was in a group show titled Inversions: Contemporary Art Inspired by the Architecture of Louis Kahn, a group exhibition featuring painting, sculpture, photography, film, dance, installation and sound by 24 artists. Her work is included in numerous private collections and she is based in New Jersey.




1980-1982  Yale University MFA

1976-1979  Indiana University BA

design jobs

1979-1980  Design Internship, The Walker Art Center, Minneapolis MN

1982-1984  Publications and Design Fundamentals Instructor, Rutgers University, Newark NY

1984-1989  Free Lance Design, Spy Magazine, Knoll Furniture, Conde Nast

1989-1995  Design and Art Direction, Desgrippes Gobe, NY

1995-2000  Branding and Design, Arnell Group, NY

2013-2014  Furniture and Textile Design, Dana Barnes Design, NY


2016  Anita Rogers Gallery,  July 26 - September 6,  Summer Group Exhibition,  77 Mercer Street, NY NY

2018  Nada Miami,  December 6 - 9,  A.I.R. Gallery Artist Editions and Books,  Miami FL

2019  Lichtundfire,  January 9 - February 3,   Abstract Connectivity Group Show,  175 Rivington Street, NY NY

2019  A.I.R. Gallery,  February 8 - March 10,  Stratus Lift Show,  155 Plymouth Street, Brooklyn NY

2019  A.I.R. Gallery,  September 6-October 6,  Eleven x Seventeen Group Show,  155 Plymouth Street, Brooklyn NY

2019  Rivaa Gallery,  October 19-November 10,  Inversions: Contemporary Art Inspired by the Architecture of Louis Kahn-curated by Melinda Wang,  Roosevelt Island NY

2020  Zürcher Gallery,  March 2-March 7,  Salon Zürcher, 33 Bleecker Street, NY NY


2016- October 2019  A.I.R. Gallery, New York Member, 155 Plymouth Street, Brookyn NY