"Douglas C. Johnson is a painter who explores the midwestern landscape with quiet exuberance. His long-term relationship with his surroundings in central Illinois provides the subject matter for his work. Using dramatic lighting, an expressive painterly style, and a sensual color palette, he creates paintings that reflect a reverence for and an expansive view of the American landscape in Illinois."

-Lisa Costello, Gallery Director at Parkland College, Champaign, IL

Douglas C. Johnson

I'll be in Wauwatosa, Wisconsin for Art64! June 7 & 8, 2024

These artworks serve as a reflection and exploration of my deeply rooted Midwestern experience. The painting process is central to my studio practice, and this is an opportunity to explore place, investigate color and light, and find expression in the everyday and the often overlooked.

Johnson holds bachelor's and master's degrees in printmaking and painting from Illinois State University and a Master of Fine Arts in painting from Northern Illinois University. He has exhibited in Chicago at several galleries in the River North district, the Chicago International Art Exhibition, and he continues with an active exhibition schedule.

His work is in many private collections. He serves as the Executive Director of the McLean County Arts Center in Bloomington, IL.