Brian david Johnson
After many years designing and building custom furniture in my native Austin, I began playing with smaller pieces based around a series of flower vases. The work struck a chord with me on many levels and a big shift toward decor began to take hold.
Since then I've continued to evolve my designs, which I have come to realize are a distillation of ideas I explored in my custom furniture. Although aesthetically spare and minimal, the work is deeply grounded in proper technique and an explorative thread both personal and creative.
All my pieces are made from sustainably harvested domestic hardwoods, my favorite being black walnut and cherry. Though I use varying construction techniques, my primary mode of joinery is stack lamination of solid layers. It's achieved with proper wood milling, glue, clamps and hours of sanding. The decorative line work is machined by hand and the resin is mixed and poured in studio. Most decor pieces are done in a grain and resin matched series.
In recent years, I have been making a substantial amount of sculpture and wall pieces, including a body of work that debuted at my Austin Cultural Arts Division supported solo show I Am You. In December of 2016 I established Eastwood, a line of wood and resin jewelry designs.
Though I took a break from doing custom commissions in 2013, I am doing so again on a limited basis for select projects. If there is something special you would like to work with me on please connect thru the contact link and we can discuss things further. All my freshest work, including my sculpture and wall art is available for purchase and viewing at Cloud Tree Studios & Gallery , where I show my work along with collection of other great artists from Austin and elsewhere. The space is located at 3411 e. 5th Street just up the road from the beloved Justine's restaurant and bar. I am around most days and many evenings or feel free to schedule a visit thru the contact page.