Dale Johnson Early Work

Calfee Pot

Calfskin, Plaster, Steel, Thread
7' x 5' x 22"

Completed shortly before I left California in 1989, this piece was made for an invitational show at the American Craft Museum in New York that was never actually held. It was to have been funded by the Dixie Cup company on the theme of “To Drink”, but funding fell through, and the show was cancelled. […]


Fish Platter

Fish Platter
Cast Glass, copper
22" x 10" x 18"

Sold by a gallery in New York (I never received my share), this piece was one of three or four I did using plastic draped over objects to create my masters. I took molds of the tableau and cast it in glass with copper inclusions. They all sold. I would love to do more.


Buffalo Dance

Buffalo Dance
Mixed Media on Paper
24" x 36"

A drawing from my college days. Working it. Still available.


Lang Table

Original Design by Dale Johnson

One of my earliest commissions. A patio table. I was very young. Concept is good. I will happily do something similar, but better.  


Dinner

Dinner
Marble, Acrylic
36" x 12" x 36"

Carved early in my association with Tony Solazzo, this marble carving is an example of the road less traveled. Painted marble.


Bowl Of Fruit

Bowl Of Fruit
Acrylic on Canvas
48" x 42"

Long ago sold. The fruit in the bowl is fabric cut from Goodwill suits and overlaid with acrylic gel. I hope the buyer still likes it… that was twenty years ago.


Guitar With Wine Bottle

Acrylic on Paper
18" x 24"

That was a wonderful summer. Some of these works on paper are still available.


Empty Bowl

1988
Acrylic on Canvas
60" x 48"

This painting was the last piece I did in California. I’ve always liked it, and today it hangs in my dining room. Magic is as magic does.  


I Did Not See The Horse Die

I Did Not See The Horse Die
Acrylic on Canvas
60" x 48"

I’ve never known where this image came from- as though a painter of invented images knows where any of them come from. I painted with only black, white, and yellow ochre for a year or two, after my paints were stolen from my panel van, and I was flat broke as a student with a […]


Granite Table

Granite, Marble

One of my earliest table designs. What can I say?


Above

Above
Acrylic on (Apparently) Megan's Grandmothetr's Bedspread
6' x 5'

One of my earliest fans and collectors, my ex-roommate Megan, apparently suffered the indignity of me swiping an old bedspread when I couldn’t afford canvas. Turns out it was her grandmother’s and she almost killed me. Subject is a near death experience I had.


Early Grotesque

One of my first carvings. Indiana Limestone, 18" tall, 10" deep. Check out the heart on the tongue.

As I recall, working on this piece I was hooked for life. One of my earliest pieces. I have no idea where it is now.


Dorian Two Piece

Dorian Two Piece
Cast Glass, Copper Leaf, Slate, Paint
7' x 5' x 6'

As my son outgrew his clothing, I found the abandoned things I had held so dear poignant in a strange way, and did a series of glass castings taken from clothing he had outgrown. This piece, with it’s severe cracking, has always stuck with me. The pants and the shirt are two different castings. I […]


Angel

Angel
Acrylic on Canvas
48" x 48"

  A thief stole my paints from my vehicle while my band was rehearsing, and I spent the next yuear paintin with only black, white, and yellow ochre, in homage to Rembrandt’s poverty period, in which he also used only those three tints.    


ASA

ASA
Acrylic On Paper
24" x 36"

For a long while I did a series of acrylics on paper. This is a sample. The image is of Trotsky.


Big Brother

Big Brother
Acrylic on Canvas
50" x 44"

I used the coffee pot as a surrogate such that I could do self portraits incognito. College was a fun time. Long ago…. this piece is long ago sold.


Birth

Birth
Acrylic on Canvas
84" x 60"

A piece from my college years. Learning to paint. Everybody has a past.


Male Torso

Torso
Limestone
2' x 10" x 6"

This is my first limestone carving, done in 1989 shortly after arriving in Ohio from California, where I had studied art. This was done entirely by hand, as I had no idea about pneumatic tools yet, or diamond blades, etc. When I finished it, in the lot of a kitchen and bath and monument marble […]


Filling The Cup

Filling The Cup
Acrylic On Canvas
48" x 48"
1987

Someone stole my paint bag, with all my gear. Broke, UI could only afford a little. I had read that also broke, at one point Rembrandt could only afford white, black, and yellow ocher, and that for a time he painted with that limited pallet. This college painting comes from that, and the idea that […]


Man

Man
Cast Glass, Mixed Media
5' x 2' x 18"

The annealing process makes large scale glass casting very tricky (and expensive), so I tried to create life sized works by combining casting and mixed media. I still love the look and feel of cast glass, and look forward to an opportunity to do more.


Blue Oval

Blue Oval
Acrylic on Paper
24" x 36"

Did you notice the dancers? Another piece from my college days. A prelude to windless days with a big sail. This piece is still available.


Centaur

Centaur
Mixed Media
7' x 4' x 7'

This piece was built on the ground floor of an apartment I lived in as a much younger man. It took the full yar of the lease, and when the lease was up the piece had to go, so I took it to my then-girlfriend’s (later wife’s) parents farm and we burned it. It was […]


Vase Plaque

Indiana Limestone

This plaque was my first commission in stone, 1989.  It was installed over the door of a home in New Albany, Ohio. I feel like I started well, but baby, I’ve come a long way!


Witch Pot

Witch Pot
Wood and plaster
2' x 18" x 16"

A friend loaned me a chain saw while I was in art school, and I made this coffee pot, now owned by my sister. I was a good art school student. Been trying to live up to it ever since.