Lost Boy, 2023
Oil on paper
53 x 66 inches
Presented by Winston Wätcher Fine Art
Lost Boys is a new series devoted to loss, suffering and recovery. In dealing with the recent death of three family members losing their lives to addiction over three months, Johnson began visually document- ing his grief process through a series of landscape images with a single figure in them. Lost Boys finds Johnson out in different nature settings processing his feeling alone in solace. These images request the viewer take a moment to reflect on the finality of life and how it can slip away in an instant. This series is the 10th installment of Johnson’s radical studio practice where he picks a subject or theme and then devotes
a year to working within that series before moving onto something new.
Bio: Barry Johnson is a Washington based interdisciplinary artist working in a wide range of mediums, including painting, photography, sculpture, and largescale murals. His oeuvre is marked by an exploration of the figure and how it can occupy space. Johnson has received awards including the Edwin T. Pratt Award, smART Ventures Award, and the GAP Award. He was also a finalist for the Seattle Art Museum’s Betty Bowen Award, as well as the Neddy and Conductive Garboil Grant. Johnson’s work has been shown and collected throughout the nation. He has also created multiple permanent artworks regionally, including an immersive mural for Facebook’s Bellevue Office, a bronze sculpture of advocate multi-dimensional artist Dr. James Washington, and a permanent fabrication for Midtown Square. Johnson has also held residencies at Amazon, Facebook, and the Seattle Hebrew Academy.