Traveling the world and viewing our modern environment through the eyes of artists past has given Eric insight on how to preserve our current history in the form of art. He aspires to visually educate people on the therapeutic qualities of art and the impact it can have on one’s soul. Persistently searching for meaning to our existence through the symbolic nature of consciousness is the driving force behind Mr. Johnston’s artwork. Eric currently resides in Northern California with his wife and son, where he received his training in Fine Art from the Academy of Art in San Francisco. Mr. Johnston plans to continue creating original artwork of individualized style whenever it may arise, drawing inspiration from his dreams, desires, and the parallel reality encompassing him. Every component of Eric’s artwork relies on one main objective, to question our innate aspirations concerning personal happiness.
Through the disciplined practice of visual art and a passion for cultural affairs worldwide, Eric Johnston creates unique narrative to his artwork. Using academic realism, traditional surrealism, and abstract approaches to contemporary themes, his paintings are direct manifestations of the way humans perceive nature. Mr. Johnston’s artwork is centered on the principle of eliciting strong emotional responses to ambiguous settings and symbolic elements based on the viewers past experiences. The ability to see balance, beauty, and harmony is a theme carried throughout every piece of Eric’s artwork. No matter the style perceived, the artwork of Eric Johnston speaks in a language all of its own. Color, form, and composition are all key attributes in his everyday life that help shape the way he views the world around us. A lifetime of artistic freedom and creative mind authority has led Eric to believe that all his dreams are embodied in art.
Dream Realm creates a harmonious balance of abstraction, symbolism, and natural elements to contrast our harshly monotonous reality. The incarnation of a shape will travel through unforeseeable abstract environments on a delirious quest to conquer personal adversity. Dream Realm transports viewers through a constant state of flux where the Realm of Light collides with a mirror of the real world that cannot be rationally understood. The audience is reintroduced back into reality to question what differentiates the real world from a dream realm.
Viewers will be guided through illusory identity in a pursuit of meaning to life. The state of things as they actually exist will give way to a euphoric experience of indescribable color and lights that can be felt within. No two people will share the same experience. Alternatively, each individual confronts a personal reflection of the material realm.
The artwork is a mysterious dialog of transformation and creation explained through symbolic representations of subconscious desires. Paintings such as The Feast of Transcendence and Idiomatic Analysis of Existence form surreal settings that transport the audience deep into the artist’s dream-self, a portrait of the unconscious dreamscape. A sculptural representation of the artist’s delusional reality will collide with an installation of spiritual identity in a gallery of light and color.
Dream Realm is a presentation of free association, spirituality, and the natural world as a single entity traveling through infinite dreamscapes. This collection is meant to inspire optimism through unconscious experiences.
Eric Johnston, Artist