Butt Johnson is the pseudonym of an artist living and working in Brooklyn, New York. His elaborately detailed ballpoint-pen drawings often employ a visual language reminiscent of medieval illustrated manuscripts and old-master engravings, while his subject matter ranges from references to technology and pop culture, such as Street Fighter II and the board game Risk, to art-historical and architectural motifs including Old World maps and Dutch flower arrangements. The flawless precision and complex ornamentation that manifests itself in his work speaks to his dedication to labor-intensive craft, which is rare in contemporary art.
Johnson has said of his own work: "We live in a time and culture so abundant with images, subcultures, and the identities borne from them, I want to use them and their visual accoutrements and try to apply them to allegory and see if it works."
Butt Johnson Gallery Art
CRG Gallery, New York, NY
Whitney Museum of American Art, NY
Spencer Museum of Art, Lawrence, KS
RISD Museum, Providence, RI
NY Public Library, New York, NY
Boston Public Library, Boston, MA