Devin B. Johnson - Artists (2024)


Devin B. Johnson (b. 1992, Los Angeles) obtained his BA in Fine Arts from the California State University of Channel Islands (2015) and received a Masters of Fine Arts at Pratt Institute (2019). In addition to being named a 2023 Artist-in-Residence for Fountainhead, Miami, he was selected as an Artsy Vanguard (2022), named to Forbes 30 Under 30 Art and Design (2022) list, was included in Cultured’s “Young Artists 2021,” and was one of sixteen artists from around the world selected for the inaugural year of the Black Rock Senegal residency (2020). His work is collected by Hammer Museum, Los Angeles; the Los Angeles County Museum of Art; the Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles; Pond Society, Shanghai; the Rubell Museum, Miami; the Columbus Museum of Art; Longlati Foundation, Shanghai; and many others. Exhibitions includeDevin B. Johnson,Nicodim, Los Angeles (2024, solo, forthcoming);Social Abstraction,curated by Antwaun Sargeant, Gagosian, Los Angeles and Hong Kong (2024, forthcoming); Black Rock Senegal, Harvey B. Gantt Center for African-American Arts + Culture, North Carolina (2024, forthcoming);The Ballad of the Children of the Czar, Galeria Nicodim, Bucharest (2024);Samantha Joy Groff, Devin B. Johnson, Katherina Olschbaur, Nicodim, New York (2023); Forms, Jeffrey Deitch and Gagosian, Miami (2023);Galeria Nicodim, Bucharest: 10 Years, Galeria Nicodim, Bucharest (2023); PRESENT ‘23, Columbus Museum of Art, Columbus (2023); Ritornellos, Nicoletti Contemporary, London (2023); MATERNITY LEAVE: NONE OF WOMEN BORN, Nicodim in collaboration with the Green Family Art Foundation, Dallas (2023); Joshua Hagler, Devin B. Johnson, Nicola Samorì, Hugo Wilson, Nicodim, Los Angeles (2023);Night Owl, Massimo de Carlo (2022); Dak’Art Biennial, Dakar, Senegal (2022); Between Ground and Sky, Nicodim, New York (2022), My Heart Cries, I Set Out an Offering for You, Nicodim, Los Angeles (2021, solo); Long Walk, Galeria Nicodim, Bucharest (2021, solo); Melody of a Memory, Nicodim, Los Angeles (2020, solo); When You Waked Up the Buffalo, Nicodim, Los Angeles (2020); Hollywood Babylon: A Re-Inauguration of the Pleasure Dome, Jeffrey Deitch, Nicodim, AUTRE Magazine, Los Angeles (2020); Atmosphere of Certain Uncertainty, Residency Gallery, Inglewood (2019, solo); and Incognito, ICA LA, Los Angeles (2019).

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The Ballad of the Children of the Czar Ángeles Agrela / Răzvan Boar / Nicole Duennebier / Liang Fu / Samantha Joy Groff / Joshua Hagler / Devin B. Johnson / Chantal Khoury / Rae Klein / Larry Madrigal / Teresa Murta / Katherina Olschbaur / Jorge Peris / Daniel Pitín / Cristian Răduță / Nicola Samorì / Ioana Stanca / Ecaterina Vrana / Nadia Waheed Bucharest June 22 – July 28, 2024
Samantha Joy Groff, Devin B. Johnson, Katherina Olschbaur New York December 14, 2023 – February 3, 2024
Galeria Nicodim, Bucharest: 10 Years Bucharest Ángeles Agrela / Isabelle Albuquerque / Niklas Asker / Razvan Boar / Chloe Saï Breil-Dupont /Michiel Ceulers / Liang Fu / Dominique Fung / Adrian Ghenie / Devin B. Johnson / Rae Klein / Philipp Kremer / Tali Lennox / Larry Madrigal / Ciprian Mureşan / Katherina Olschbaur / Pedro Pedro / Jorge Peris / Thania Petersen / Daniel Pitín / Cristian Răduță / Nicola Samori / Șerban Savu / Ioana Stanca / Moffat Takadiwa / Ecaterina Vrana June 17 – July 29, 2023
MATERNITY LEAVE: NONE OF WOMEN BORN Atelier, 2121 Flora Street, Dallas April 18 – 23, 2023
Joshua Hagler, Devin B. Johnson, Nicola Samorì, Hugo Wilson Los Angeles April 8 – May 13, 2023
Devin B. Johnson: Between Ground and Sky Exhibition design by Oliver M. Furth New York April 28 – June 4, 2022
Devin B. Johnson: My Heart Cries, I Set Out an Offering for You Los Angeles September 4 – October 16, 2021
Devin B. Johnson: Long Walk Bucharest May 29 – July 3, 2021
When You Waked Up the Buffalo Los Angeles Isabelle Albuquerque / Stefania Batoeva / Olivia Erlanger / Grant Foster / Shahla K. Friberg / Matthias Garcia / Devin B. Johnson / Larry Madrigal / Nicolette Mishkan / Katherina Olschbaur / Shaan Syed / Hugo Wilson / curated by Ben Lee Ritchie Handler July 18 – August 22, 2020
Devin B. Johnson, Gender Justice LA, and Nicodim present a group show to benefit Gender Justice LA Online Only Daniel Barragan / Micah Bazant / Katja Farin / Dominique Fung / Georgina Gratrix / Devin B. Johnson / Khari Johnson-Ricks / Amir Khadar / Nichole Rae Klein / Malachi Lily / Simphiwe Ndzube / Katherina Olschbaur / Mosie Romney / Yalla Roza / Lexx Valdez / Loveis Wise / Robert Yarber July 14 – August 15, 2020
Hollywood Babylon: A Re-Inauguration of the Pleasure Dome at the Former Spago Restaurant on Sunset Presented by Jeffrey Deitch / Nicodim / Autre Magazine February 11 – 16, 2020
Devin B. Johnson: Melody of a Memory Los Angeles February 8 – March 28, 2020
Skin Stealers Los Angeles Isabelle Albuquerque / Mattia Biagi / Dominique Fung / Georgina Gratrix / Keith Haring / Devin B. Johnson / Philipp Kremer / Hugo Wilson / Robert Yarber / curated by Ben Lee Ritchie Handler October 26 – December 7, 2019
TRANS WORLD Bucharest Lisa Anne Auerbach / Polly Borland / Genesis Breyer P-Orridge / vagin*l Davis / Celeste Dupuy-Spencer / Natalie Frank / Dominique Fung / Hortensia Mi Kafchin / Devin B Johnson / Lou Cantor / Simphiwe Ndzube / Katja Novitskova / Katherina Olschbaur / Aura Rosenberg / Penny Siopis / Suzanne Treister / Morgane Tschiember / Anna Uddenberg / curated by Ben Lee Ritchie Handler June 15 – August 17, 2019
TRANS WORLD Los Angeles Lisa Anne Auerbach / Polly Borland / Genesis Breyer P-Orridge / vagin*l Davis / Celeste Dupuy-Spencer / Natalie Frank / Dominique Fung / Hortensia Mi Kafchin / Devin B Johnson / Lou Cantor / Simphiwe Ndzube / Katja Novitskova / Katherina Olschbaur / Aura Rosenberg / Penny Siopis / Suzanne Treister / Morgane Tschiember / Anna Uddenberg / and more! / curated by Ben Lee Ritchie Handler June 8 – August 10, 2019


Isabelle Albuquerque, Jeanine Brito, Ian Davis, Nicole Duennebier, Stanley Edmondson, Emily Ferguson, Tomas Harker, Devin B. Johnson, Rae Klein, Larry Madrigal, Agnieszka Nienartowicz, Maureen St. Vincent Felix Art Fair, Los Angeles February 28 – March 3, 2024
Ángeles Agrela, Isabelle Albuquerque, Samantha Joy Groff, Joshua Hagler, Devin B. Johnson, Rae Klein, Katherina Olschbaur, Nicola Samorì, Will Thornton, Hugo Wilson Art Basel, Miami Beach December 8 – 10, 2023
Ángeles Agrela, Isabelle Albuquerque, Devin B. Johnson, and Thania Petersen Art Basel, Miami Beach December 1 – 3, 2022

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A Fidi Office Building With a Wait List

Curbed | April 17, 2024

Most people find new office space on a tour with a commercial broker or by trawling websites featuring photos and floor plans. Not the tenants at 161 Water Street. They were recruited. The editor ofOffice Magazinemet the management team at a dinner in Paris. Devin B. Johnson, afigurative painter, was tapped by an art curator.

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'Ciara and Devin B. Johnson on Celebrating Black Talent In and Out of Black History Month'

Cultured | February 1, 2023

ForBlack History Month, the painter andCULTUREDYoung Artists 2021alum has created a bottle design for the craft rum brandTen To One, which co-owned by musical artist Ciara and Marc Farrell. EntitledInner Glow, the work recontextualizes the word spirit as both a commodity of the African diaspora and a conduit for cultural connection.

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The Artsy Vanguard 2022: Devin B. Johnson

Artsy | November 15, 2022

Motivated by the journey as an artist, painterDevin B. Johnsonhas always been working towards a destination. Back in 2015, as a recent BFA graduate interning at various Santa Monica galleries and working as an Uber driver, his goal was to educate himself on contemporary art and build up a portfolio for a grad school application.

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Devin B. Johnson in 'Miami's Fountainhead Residency Announces 2023 Selected Artists'

Hyperallergic | October 25, 2022

Each year, the fully fundedFountainhead Residencywelcomes at least 30 artists from all over the world to live and work in a midcentury home in the historic Morningside neighborhood of Miami, Florida. Thirty exceptional contemporary artists working across various media have been selected asArtists-in-Residence for 2023.

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Devin B. Johnson Paints the Spaces in Between Material Memories

Justsmile Magazine | October 1, 2021

When visiting the artist Devin B. Johnson’s latest solo exhibition, My Heart Cries, I Set Out an Offering for You at Nicodim Gallery in Los Angeles, one is immediately drawn into the highly textured and enigmatic qualities of his latest work. Scenes of fleeting cityscapes, displaced and disembodied figures, and ineffable atmospheres are made tactile through rough yet luxuriant layers of paint on canvas.

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Floating on a Subconscious Influx: an interview with painter Devin B. Johnson

Teeth Magazine | August 12, 2021

Devin B. Johnson isnot afraid to explore the unknown and he doesn’t shy from the process of trial and error. Being fearless as an artist is the biggest gift and something you can’t acquire, you’ve either got it or you don’t, and Devin’s got it – he’s the real deal.In a scene full of repetitive conformist offerings, Devin shines. His paintings are reminiscent of the future; they hold history in them but at the same time are unusually ultramodern. With layers and layers of talent, his canvases are endless reflections of his storytelling. A master in the making.In this exclusive interview,Teethchats to Devin about his practice, his creative process of making his pieces, and his upcoming show.

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Sense the Multifaceted Layers of New York City in the Work of Devin B. Johnson

ArtofChoice | February 26, 2021

Viewers come face-to-face with the depth of each of the multimedia paintings that are as layered as the artist’s meticulous intent. Deeply influenced by music, the tumultuous streets of New York, and a universe of self exploration and intention, the effect is a spellbinding composition. The Pratt Institute graduate, and New York-based artist is quickly gaining international praise through his representation atNicodim Gallery,LA & Bucharest, and we are eager to see what he will uncover in future creations.

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30 Under 35: Devin B. Johnson Wrestles with Abstraction

Cultured | December 7, 2020

Johnson’s sculptures and textural paintings carry spirits and energies through space. The abstract figures are fragmented and intertwining with the environment. There are brushstrokes revealing a variety of speeds. Bricks, drips and splatters meet hints of floral pattern. “I’m a daydreamer. I’m a Pisces. I’m emotional, sensitive and intuitive.”

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Devin B. Johnson a 'Rising Star' to Watch at the 2020 Armory Show

Artnet News | March 2, 2020

What to Know:Johnson’s work at the fair is a continuation of the series he began with “Melody of a Memory,” his first exhibition with Nicodim, on view in Los Angeles through March 21. His works are made from a pulsing mix ofspray paint, acrylic, and oil sticks.

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