Tye Johnson - Modern Artist 

Artist Statement

I have always been fascinated with people and their dreams or lack thereof. It amazes me that so many

people, myself included, fail to realize the beauty and importance of their own existence. We are the

crayons, the paint... that color this world and we have the power to create the ultimate portrait envisioned by

the Creator. Yet, we often fall short because we have a tendency to mimic another's color, instead of

embracing our own. My artwork seeks to explore societal issues, primarily faced by women, as we seek to

embrace and understand ourselves and live optimally. It is also an exploration into my own psyche and

tends to prophetically speak to matters in my personal journey.

My love for art and my desire to create began early and led me to pursue a BFA in Studio Art from Michigan

State University. After graduating, I worked as a graphic designer/marketing specialist for an educational

media company and decided that I preferred to be in the trenches of the education system instead. From

there, I received my MA in Elementary Education and became a teacher. I consider my classroom, my ‘live

canvas’ as I shape, inspire, and motivate my students to change the world. All of my experiences combined

have led me to create illustrative, abstract, and loosely figurative art, that juxtaposes common shapes and

colors in atypical ways. When I create, I feel as if I am walking in the supernatural. Although frightening at

times, it is the only place where I find that I am truly free. It is my hope that my art will be a catalyst to

spark social change and individual growth, while shedding light on concerns that connects human hearts

and experiences. -Tye

Bio

Tye Johnson's love for art and desire to create began early and led her to pursue a BFA in Studio Art from Michigan State University. Her experiences as an artist and educator have led her to create illustrative, abstract, and loosely figurative art, that juxtaposes common shapes and colors in atypical ways. Her paintings are a journey into conscious naivety and integrates collage work highlighting textures, typography, and expressive line-making.

Her artwork explores societal issues, primarily faced by the marginalized in a simplistic and direct fashion. When she creates, she feels as if she is walking in the supernatural and hopes that her art will be a catalyst to spark social change and individual growth, while shedding light on concerns that connects human hearts and experiences. Hailing from Chicago, Tye has been a feature artist in numerous exhibits, both group and solo, at prominent institutions and galleries. Tye has also curated group shows that sought to empower through art, and founded a nonprofit that provided workspace for artists and youth.

Tye is currently based in Dubai and is the Innovation Coordinator at an international school. She continues to create and exhibit worldwide.

Education 

1996-2001

Michigan State University; Bachelor of Fine Arts, Studio Art/Graphic Design

2003-2005

Depaul University; Master of Arts in Education

2009-2010

Full Sail University; Master of Science, Educational Media Design and Technology

Awards 

2013

Women's Work People's Choice Award, Woodstock, Il

Exhibitions 

Solo

2018

that kinda love, TJA Creative Studios

2017

2017

Miss(ed) America, Oak Park Public Library

Baby Dolls & Action Figures, Idea Box

2015

Stop and Smell the Roses, TJA Creative Studios

2014

Bound Beauty: Beauty Bound, Overflow Cafe

Group

2017

Abandoned Margins, Woman Made Gallery

2016

Black Love Matters, TJA Creative Studios

2016

Harlem Fine Arts Show, Merchandise Mart

2016

2016

The Art of Blackness, Block 47

Galleryna 19 Artist, ArtBasel Miami

2015

Little Things, Galleryna 19

2015

Winter Blues, TJA Creative Studios

2014

Desiderata: Satori, African International House

2014

Paper Dolls and Action Figures, Society Art Gallery

2014

Centerline, Zhou B Art Center

2014

Bustes En Roses, Zhou B Art Center

2013

Canvass, Both Sides Art Gallery

2013

Women's Work, Old Court House Arts Center

Art Collections

Intren, Inc

Private collections worldwide

Contact Me

+971.58.181.4964

 © 2020 by Tye Johnson

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