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Zach Johnsen  Portland, OR


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About Zach

Zachariah Johnsen, is a young artist concentrating in watercolor, pen & ink, and mixed media works on paper. His medium of choice is the micron pen and he uses them exhaustively to describe a world of ghouls, monsters, and misfits ‘ the shady characters in everyday life, but just hidden from normal view. Zach focuses on the more ignored side of life ‘ on the sides of people and places that visitors rarely see. In Zach’s world, most of the people have obvious human/animal hybrids that can’t be hidden. The corrupt politician is a hideous beast wielding an ax and smoking a cigar. The Hollywood actress is a washed-up, half rat w/ open sores surrounded by a mob of rabid birds. The family portrait is a gaggle of jellydrop characters and mutated fish creatures.

Zach has lent this fantastic world and his unique style of frenetic pen lines and loose, splashy water-based media to a number of surfaces and media across the industries. He has created original works for print and publications, skateboards, skis, furniture, sneakers, snowboards, clothing and apparel.

Having gained recognition across the United States, Australia, and Europe, Zach is now concentrating on expanding his visual range ‘ into paintings on canvas and installation works to video and motion graphics.

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10 of 18 reactions displayed


01.17.2011 @ 2:19 PM

i like it apocolite ;./'

Benjamin brit

08.05.2008 @ 6:51 AM

Two words: Neil Gaiman.


08.04.2008 @ 11:21 PM

Beautiful work. The moment I saw it, there was something that struck me. Even the second painting with the bull is quite striking.

Zach, keep up the good work. I'm your fan.

Pancho villa

08.04.2008 @ 11:05 PM

love it!


08.04.2008 @ 9:22 PM

Outstanding technique. It's a little too dark for me, but I probably just don't relate to the genre.


08.04.2008 @ 8:20 PM

Very inspiering.

E. norton

08.04.2008 @ 8:12 PM

o yea this guy rocks at water color. he totally makes it look like a new medium

E. norton

08.04.2008 @ 8:11 PM

This artwork is very cool, very street. It totally looks like graph mixed with anime, and the style totally works. Nothing against this artist but gas masks? come on! those are so overused and i'm sick of them.


08.04.2008 @ 7:54 PM

wow, these are amazing! kudos to the painter Zach Johnsen.


08.04.2008 @ 7:33 PM

wow, these are beyond great. love the subjects and colors

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