Lance Johnson is a mixed media artist born and raised in NY. As a young man raised in the Golden Age of Hip Hop, Johnson fell in love with art when he was introduced to the work of a pioneer of the Jazz Era. Romare Bearden is a heavy influence on Johnson’s artwork. “I owe a tremendous debt to the vision of Romare Bearden. I want to serve as an extension of his legacy.” Lance has shown his work in many group shows throughout NYC as well as shows in Boston and Charleston, South Carolina.
What inspired Lance to become an artist? As he says: “When I was 14 years old, my mother showed me a documentary called “I’ll Make Me A world.” It was a brilliant examination of African American arts in America and the incredible collection of artists who I knew nothing about. It was there that I discovered the work of Romare Bearden. I was fascinated by the improvisation of his work and I knew I wanted to create art with that sort of freedom. As a Hip Hop junkie, the grittiness and energy of his work made so much sense to me..As Jazz informs Bearden’s work, Hip Hop informs mine…a natural continuation of the rich legacy. A rich legacy of Dopeness….”
You can find more of Lance’s art at his website: Ljartlife.com