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JULY 2020  -- ARTIST OF THE MONTH


Floyd Johnson

Born in 1936 to immigrant Norwegian and Swedish parents. Floyd Morris Johnson has spent his life inspiring others in and outside the art community. With works displayed in the National Hockey Hall of Fame, Honeywell, General Mills, Sister Kenny Institute and the Vesterheim Norwegian American Museum in Decorah Iowa, amongst others. Johnson has led a flourishing art career which included owning/operating two successful art galleries in native Minneapolis, Minnesota.

 

After graduating in 1956 from the University of Minnesota, where he contributed to the Minnesota Daily campus newspaper as a cartoonist, Johnson started his professional career designing packages for a manufacturing company. After three years he took off to Europe to explore his adventurous side with his brother, also an artist.  After moving to New York City, he began working as a freelance commercial artist (with his two older brothers). Johnson gained valuable experience in The Big Apple for two years. He then moved back to his home state of Minnesota where he continued to sharpen his skills as a commercial free-lancer.

 

Despite suffering from a deteriorating retina condition which left him completely blind in his right eye and partially blind in his left, Johnson went on to open his own gallery in 1978, Viking Art Gallery, inspired by his heritage. A year later he opened his second gallery, Floyd Johnson Gallery which he owned and operated for a number of years.

 

Johnson had his artwork shown on the CBS network show “60 Minutes” and has had feature articles written about him in American Artist Magazine, Boy Scouts of America, Viking Magazine and the Minneapolis Star/Tribune. In 1987 he was chosen as American/Norwegian Artist of the Year and, as suce, he had a one-man exhibition of his original art at the Stavanger Art Museum in Norway.

 

He moved to Lake Tahoe in 1987 where he marketed his freelance paintings and drawings while enjoying his other passion - landscaping. Thusly, he was able to take his artistic creativity and apply his vision to “art-scaping” his property. During this time, Johnson contributed to the Lake Tahoe Tribune as an editorial cartoonist for 15 years.  He became a member of the National Cartoonist Society. After two years in southern Nevada and two more in Arizona, still doing newspaper editorial cartoons, he has settled into his current residence in Mesquite, Nevada. He is actively involved with his drawings and acrylic paintings with the Virgin Valley Artists Association and the Mesquite Fine Arts Gallery.

 

Hand-signed art prints of his “Forever Marilyn” painting are available through this gallery.

 

For more information regarding prints and/or commissioned art work visit www.floydjohnsonstudio.com or call 775.790.5303






      




This project is funded, in part, by a grant from the Nevada Arts Council, a state agency, and the National Endowment for the Arts, a federal agency.