acrylic paint & medium on panels, 28.5" x 26" 2013

I'm fascinated with the boundaries between photography and painting. I find delight in criss crossing the line between both -  embedding an "objective" photographic backstory in the lush materialistic subjectivity of a painted experience.

Recollection is very important to me. My more recent work circles around forgotten sensational stories in the press - like an audacious 1897 balloon flight over the North Pole, a 1934 tabloid sponsored expedition on the shores of Loch Ness in or a tragic evangelical mission to the Amazon in 1957. These are media-shaped stories of the self-confident and sincere that I retell through a prism of images grounded in their time.

It's not nostalgia that animates my efforts but following a question of what is real and what is illusion. It's work that keeps my eyes peeled for wonderful outlandishness lurking just beneath the surface.


Spaces Between the Splendor from Bradford Johnson on Vimeo.