Villa Contemporary Art

Chris Johanson, "Ticket"

900 SEK
Chris Johanson, "Ticket"


Chris Johanson "Ticket"
[Silkscreen on archival paper, 43 x 28 cm, edition of 450, numbered by the artist, 2006]

Published on the occasion of Printed Matter's 2006 New York Art Book Fair

Chris Johanson is an American painter and street artist, he grew up skateboarding, attending punk rock shows, drawing, and with a dry yet sharp sense of humor. He has no formal training in art, learning some technique by painting skateboards and houses. He was a prominent 'zine artist, and his publication "Karmaboarder," a skateboarding and art zine he published in the early to late 1980's, helped shape what later became initial well-known works. He moved to San Francisco, California's Mission District in 1989, where he became a member of the local art community, initially drawing cartoons on lampposts and bathroom walls using black Sharpies. In 1994, Johanson did one of the initial board graphic runs for a new San Francisco-based skateboard brand, Anti-Hero, which brought his art to a wider audience. 

He was included in the influential film, book and exhibition "Beautiful Losers" which brought forward the DIY-art-movement of West California in the mid 2000's and has then exhibited at influential Deitch Projects and other major institutions.