Johnie Thornton, a self-taught California native, blends photorealistic figures with engrossing geometric and otherworldly backdrops. His current work features those familiar, blue-toned characters, recalling pieces previously featured on Hi-Fructose. But the setting that envelops them has evolved into something more hypnotic—and somehow, more dangerous.
Johnie Thornton is a self-taught artist based in LA whose solo show "Confabulation" recently premiered at Moen Mason Gallery in Tuscan, AZ. A series of paintings on birch panels, Thornton's latest work explores abstract, geometric designs with figurative subjects occasionally thrown into the mix. His blue-skinned characters appear amid the patterns like disembodied holograms and become part of the refracted prisms floating in the composition. Though Thornton's work appears somewhat sleek and futuristic, his colors and materials tie it back to age-old folk art forms.