Dale Johnson Sculpture

Mythical Creatures

Indiana Limestone
7'-6" x 4'-6" x 12"
Lewis Center, Ohio
Delaware County Library System

A local resident left part of her estate to establish a children’s reading garden in the rapidly developing Delaware County Library System. I am honored to have been the first selected. I hope my work inspires young readers for generations to come. I thank the Delaware County Library for their complete gift of artistic freedom. […]


All Life

All Life
Indiana Limestone
8' x 3' x 3' (not including base)
Stainless Steel Bearing

Created for an Integrative wellness center, this piece is designed to be interactive. Viewers can rotate the entire piece on a ball bearing placed under the base. This detail demonstrates the texture, revealing how the forms are “drawn” in space. Piercing all the way through a block of this size is very difficult, but the […]


Downtown Head

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  Angela Meleca Gallery in Columbus, Ohio, hosts Downtown Head and my paintings, including 8-12-2013 in the window. Angela and Dale, after a successful installation. This piece is available. Shipment to anywhere, no problem. The tradition of the colossal head is one that includes all eras and all cultures, and has always been a form […]


Self Portrait

Self Portrait
Kansas Limestone
7'-6" x 2'-6" x 18"

This is a prime example of carving from a model using the Renaissance measuring tool called the macchianetti di punto. This is me forever, standing on top of it all, carved in stone. And I can do the same for you. Every little bit counts. Accuracy is everything.               […]


Clock

Kansas Limestone, Chiselled Pyrex Glass, Cast Bronze, Cast Stainless Steel, Clockworks
84" x 22" x 16"

My brother Dan, has long supported my work He has several of my paintings and a sculpture, and he commissioned this clock. He collects clocks, and he wanted a working stone grandfather clock. I had a blast with this. When I figure out how to share sound on a web site I’ll put up a […]


Sketch King

Sketch King
Stone, Leather, Copper Wire, Steel Wire
7' x 5' x 6'

                                                          For a few years I explored ways of making sculpture that involved no fasteners, adhesives, welding, etc. I combined this with a practice of using the […]


Doorway

Indiana Limestone, Polished Stainless Steel, Bronze

                                                      This piece greets visitors to Columbus Architecture firm Sullivan/Bruck as they step off the elevator. The mirror-polished stainless steel is very thin gauge, wrapped around a stiffer, cheaper […]


Head and Shoulders

Head and Shoulders
Limestone, Steel, Wood, Oil Paint

This piece was made specifically to be able to get through an ordinary door, and then to get bigger. ┬áScale is everything in sculpture. And a little empathy. Empathy is every thing in sculpture. And a little skill. It doesn’t count if it is a big pile of hogwash. Expressions… captured… are everything. The beginning. […]


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. […]


Love Lies Eternal Here

Love Lies Eternal Here
18' x 4' x 4'
Mirror, Foam, Steel

I have had the pleasure of having mentored several young men along the way, usually talented young people with an interest in the arts, and they want to hang around and see what it’s like. I generally find something for them to do, and often the record is left behind in the form of sculpture. […]


Samarai Heart

Samarai Heart 
Mixed Media
8' x 6' x 4'

                                                          Another piece from my sculpture garden, this piece was fantastic to see on cold winter mornings with the sun catching in the frost on the glass. […]


Waterfall

Marble, Chiselled Pyrex Glass
78" x 22" x 22"

Oh this fragile thing was so beautiful…   The piece had a home from the minute the architect set pencil to paper (as if). This 2 1/4″ pyrex was made for the windshield of the space shuttle. Very expensive. Heat is dissipated… I was able to cut and grind it just like granite. Super dangerous, […]


The Edge of the World

The Edge of the World
Limestone, Wood, Steel, Glass, Plaster
8' x 6' x 5'

This is the last of the constructed series, thus far. It has been outdoors for the last several months, and the rust stains are beginning to form on the stone. My constructed work is, in part, an exploration of occupying space as delicately as heavy materials can. I use traditional materials, like stone, glass, wood, […]


Balance

Marble, Wood

The base for this piece is half the former base of the bust of Abraham Lincoln from the Ohio Statehouse. Treating such a formal piece of state-sponsored marble so cavalierly… priceless. Every year the tree’s growth makes me slide the head a bit further from the edge. Slowly, even the most radically far from center […]


Head 4

Head
Photo by Dan Focht
Sandstone
9" x 9" x 7"

These heads are made of native Ohio sandstone found along creek beds. I make it a practice to knock out a head every now and then, just for fun. The idea is to use as little stone removal as possible to find the head; to work with the stone as it has been shaped by […]


Ballet

Bronze over Wood, Bronze,  chiselled Pyrex Glass, Patina, Etching
48" x 18" x 6"

This piece was made for my daughter, who was excelling in ballet at the time. It’s still hers.   These dancers are silhouettes lifted from Degas pastels. I cut them from bronze sheet.   The etching in the background is a rendition of a Leonardo original painting.


Slipping Glimpser

Slipping Glimpser
Cast and Fabricated Stainless Steel
2' x 18" x 18"

Titled after a quote by own of my favorite artists, Willem DeKooning, this piece has gone through several transformations before it became this piece. I love cast stainless steel in every way. Here the figure is more apparent. I have sculptures scattered throughout my property, and enjoy walking around with visitors when they come. Always […]


Head 3

Head
Sculpture: Dale Johnson. Photo: Dan Focht
Briar Hill Sandstone
10" x 10" x 9"

Playing around again. Finding faces in rocks. Spending a weekend afternoon or two not doing commissions. These pieces are done for me, as a way of relaxing and keeping my artist side involved with the material of stone. I particularly like this one.    


Big Bang

Indiana Limestone
24" x 24" x 12"

This piece is from the mid-nineties. This is an early use of piercing the stone completely through. As long as the stone stays in contact with itself on both ends of a shape, it remains strong. Part of the challenge is the engineering of not having it get too weak. The sound the stone is […]


Black Column in a Glass Box

Black Column in a Glass Box
Glass, Wood, Nails, 33 rpm Record Albums
7' x 18:" x 18"

A friend bought an old building for his machine shop, and behind the building, under an overgrown weed patch, was a pallet of 12″ square 1/4″ thick glass squares. He agreed to let me help him out by riding him of the glass, and I scoured the thrift shops buying the cheapest 33 RPM albums […]


Breaking the Column

Breaking the Column
Steel, Stone
3' x 18" x 2'

From the series of sculptures that explored ways of organizing form in space without fasteners, pins, adhesives, etc., this sculpture has been outdoors for the last few years, and the stone is now wonderfully stained from the rust. It’s winter now, but I’ll try to update this post when the weather breaks in the spring. […]


Hoop Dancer

Hoop Dancer
Steel, Glass, Stone
16' x 6' x 5'

A friend that owns a machine shop called and asked if I wanted some scrap steel, which of course I did, and another friend called and asked if I had a use for a large glass conference table top, which I broke his office and hauled out in pieces. This piece became the result. All […]


Conquistador

Conquistador
Limestone, Steel
10' x 5' x 4'

Finding form and expression with stone, for a while, meant something different than finding form and expression through stone carving. Although I have since rediscovered my love of carving, I am glad I did this series and look forward to being urged by the muse to do more.   The full moon in this shot […]


Lines

Lines
Kansas Limestone, Steel, Mortar
16' x 8' x 8'

This delicate composition lasted almost three years before it was blown down in a wind storm. While it stood, it was fascinating to watch people approach it. Almost everyone walked very slowly and held their hand out in front of them and very gently touched it. There was a peacefulness about it. Gratitude and bright […]