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.
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. 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.
The Secret Series, Three Group Shows (Lighting, Object, Furniture) Cloud Tree Studios & Gallery
I Am You, Solo Show
Cloud Tree Studios & Gallery
Vessel, Group Show
Utility Research Garden
East Austin Studio Tour
Splinter Group Cooperative, Cloud Tree Studios & Gallery
WantedDesign New York
Outside the Box Group Show
New York, New York, 2015
Kerrville Festival of the Arts
Art On the Rockies
Edwards, Colorado, 2014, 2016
Fiesta Arts Fair
The Southwest School of Art, 2012, 2016
Armadillo Christmas Bazaar
Palmer Events Center, 2010-2016
Art City Austin
Austin City Hall, 2008
Floating Chair Contemporary Furniture Show
Design Within Reach, 2006
CHULA East Austin Arts Non-Profit
Board Member 2015 till present
Architectural Artisans Collaborative/ Guild of Austin Artisans Member 2010 - 2015
University of Texas at Austin
School of Communication 1990 - 1992