The ability to put one’s mind on display is a powerful, psychological tool. When creating art, my goal is to capture viewers and send them somewhere else, somewhere that doesn’t cage one’s imagination or display the mundane. My work allows me to escape the world around me and visually express not only what I feel emotionally, but also what I find interesting and even fear.
My inspiration is found in the range of human response and emotion. Human behavior is such a broad and captivating topic because every human in existence is different in some way. The decisions that one makes can affect him and those around him indefinitely.
Crime, judgment and corruption are downfalls brought upon humanity from the mind of man alone. Government and religion are two creations that are based entirely upon a planned belief system; good v.s. bad, morality. My work explores the scandals and secrets that exist inside the very structure meant to keep our world in order. This idea existed not only in the historical past, but here in the present-day Midwest.
Powerful subject matter requires powerful imagery. Utilizing pen and ink with splashes of vivid color, I find satisfaction in making bold artwork. Expressing political and profound content can be informative and at times, quite shocking. I use loose yet tedious detail partnered with strong, powerful mark making in an attempt to pull a viewer into the composition and not let go until every aspect of the image has been explored. Explosive color combined with graphic, outlined imagery assists concept in a journey to become engrained in the memory, appearing again only in the darkest corners of our dreams.
I find illustrating the strange extremely therapeutic. I am given freedom to express my ideas and beliefs regardless of what is best for one to behold. Many long hours have passed working in what seems to only be minutes. I get lost in my work; that is what I wish for an audience as well.
- Camron Johnson
Drawing and Illustration has been my passion since a very young age. Sketching and doodling in coloring books quickly escalated to filling up notebooks with stories and designs. Growing up in Washington, Illinois, I started working seriously in high school and took as many art classes as I could. After graduation, I went to Illinois Central College and received my Associates Degree in Arts and Sciences. I took a quarter to study Illustration at the Savannah College of Art and Design in Atlanta, Georgia before transferring to Illinois State University in Bloomington Normal to pursue the rest of my Bachelors Degree in Studio Art - Drawing. I am very interested in book illustration as well all other types of illustration. The pure permanence of ink gets my mind racing while attempting to problem solve and create the best work possible.
I am intrigued by the strange and inspired by the terrifying.
Please feel free to email me with any questions or concerns @: CammyJ006@yahoo.com
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Washington Community High School:
Silver Key awarded at The Scholastic Art & Writing Awards of 2011
1st place Winner of Scholastic Doodle Art Contest – Sr. High
Works featured in “BLOOM” 2010 & 2011(High School art exhibit)
2011 Congressional Art Show Participant
Awarded at the 8th Annual CAC (Contemporary Art Center) Peoria Area Juried High School Art Exhibition
2011 Robert Morris University High School Art Show participant
2011 Washington Community High School Da Vinci Award Winner (Given to 1 Senior Art Student Annually)
Varsity Football (3 years)
Swimming/Diving (2 years)
Mid-Illini Conference Athletic-Academic Award
Junior/Senior Executive Board Member
Art Club Member
Pep Club Member
Graduated with Honors
Illinois Central College:
Personal Exhibit held at “The Studio” (On-campus gallery/study lounge)
Best In Show: Illustration – 2012 ICC Juried Student Art Exhibit
Work featured in “The Gallery On Sheridan” at “Studios On Sheridan”
Internship at Peoria Art Guild (1/2 year)
Best In Show: Illustration – 2013 ICC Juried Student Art Exhibit
& 2nd place winner: Illustration
President’s List (4.0)
Member of Phi Theta Kappa (Honor Society)
Savannah College of Art and Design (Atlanta):
Dean’s List (4.0)
Total of 80 Transferable Credits
Illinois State University:
F.O.A. 2014 Grant Recipient
Featured write-up at 2014 Student Annual
Elizabeth Stein Scholarship Award winner
Featured Intaglio (art 245) print collection (Sober Nightmare)
Internship at McLean County Art Center (3/4 year)
Work Featured in 'Spookeh 2' a gallery event at Jan Brandt Galleries
Internship at Illinois State's 'University Galleries' (1 year)
2014 Laura Kowalski Art Award (Scholarship)
Work featured in The 2015 Student Annual Art exhibition
2015 Kowalski Award
Work featured in The 88th Annual Amateur Art Show at The McLean County Art Center (Best of Show)
Merwin Award Winner (Best of Show) 88th Annual (MCAC)