David Johansson’s work, with its stunning urban and rural content, keeps alive the theme of this evening with a visual interpretation of light and color.
Johansson lives in Seattle, although he spent many of his formative years growing up in the Yakima Valley. His work shows how he is drawn back to the rural atmosphere, but as he expresses, he “finds the city life engaging.”
He attended the University of Puget Sound and Cornish College of the Arts, and received his bachelor of arts with a focus on fine art from Western Washington University. We were surprised when we realized we had run almost parallel lives with our careers and education, both attending several colleges including WWU and working at the same gift shop on Capitol Hill in Seattle. Johansson has a minor in ceramics and has had studios in Seattle, Santa Cruz and Santa Barbara, Calif. Through his many adventures, he tells of painting in a studio at Galleria Potato Head, “above an unknown band called Pearl Jam that rehearsed directly under my studio.” The vivid color in his landscapes and use of analytical line in his depiction of the city creates a dramatic backdrop at the opening of
Light Night as guests enjoy appetizers and drinks in Larson @ the Seasons.