Watercolor and ink on paper - 2017
Zach Johnsen is a multidisciplinary artist and designer, working both in the commercial sphere and fine art world. He works in graphite, watercolor, pen & ink and acrylic on mostly 2D surfaces and by far his most trusted medium is the micron pen. He uses them exhaustively to describe an ever-expanding world of ghouls, monsters, and misfits – the shady characters in everyday life and how they expose themselves in our world. His work is frenetic and chaotic, an explosion of lines and color influenced by infomercials, cartoons, sweets and the over-consumption of popular culture. Zach has lent his unique style of frenetic pen lines, jumbled character piles and explosive color to a variety of applications. He has worked with Bulleit Bourbon, MTV, K2 Snowboards, ESPN, Arbor Collective, Nike, Gnu Snowboards, Icon Motosports, Slingshot Wakeboards, Stanley Thermos and Sony/BMG, amongst others. His fine artwork has been displayed across the US, in Australia, Copenhagen, Japan and the UK. Zach currently resides in Portland, Oregon where he operates Zenvironments Studio (www.zenvironments.com) and his graphic design business The WOODS. www.thewoodsdesignco.
Zach grew up in the north woods of New Hampshire playing army and drawing characters and battle scenes. Fast forward 10 years and he is attending the Massachusetts College of Art for illustration. Fast forward 15 years, having lived and worked in New York and Portland Oregon, Zach is back in Boston to show off what he has learned.
In collaboration with Made in Boston, a live printed T shirt of 'Double Cat', image below, will be available at the opening or by mail order during the course of the month of May.
The show will take place this 50 Terminal Street Building 1, Unit 709, Charleston, MA 02129. This is a family friendly event with snacks and beverages provided. Visit at Made in Boston Gallery Made in Boston for more info!