Butt Johnson

Installation Images

Selected Works

Butt Johnson
Study for Reminiscence Bump, 2015
Ballpoint ink on 2 ply Bristol
10 1/2h x 10 1/2w inches
Butt Johnson
The Clustering Illusion, 2013
Ballpoint ink on 3 ply Bristol
17 3/4h x 17 1/4w inches
Butt Johnson
The Planning Fallacy, 2017
Marker and gel ink on paper
11h x 11w inches
Butt Johnson
The Regency Illusion, 2021
Marker, gel ink, and ballpoint ink on bristol paper
8 3/4h x 6 1/4w inches
Butt Johnson
Fridge Magnets, 2021
Marker, gel ink, and ballpoint ink on bristol paper
16h x 13 1/4w inches


Butt Johnson received his BFA from the Rhode Island School of Design in 2001. He creates meticulous fine-line drawings and prints, often using media such as markers, gel pens, screen print, letterpress, and digital risograph—materials not usually associated with fine art. Johnson’s work is often darkly playful, exploring themes of technology, popular culture, obsolescence, and art historical genres.

Institutions around the United States have shown his work, including the Walker Art Center, Minneapolis; the International Print Center of New York; the Museum of Contemporary Art Tucson; the Pizzuti Collection of the Columbus Museum of Art; the FLAG Art Foundation, New York; and the Abrons Art Center, New York. In 2010 he was awarded the prestigious Pollock-Krasner Fellowship. His work is housed in several public collections including the Whitney Museum of American Art, New York; Spencer Museum of Art, Lawrence, KS; the Rhode Island School of Design Museum, Providence, RI; and the International Print Center of New York.



On-site and Individual Works

Butt Johnson

Drawing Fast and Slow
Talley Dunn Gallery
March 7, 2020 – April 18, 2020


Butt Johnson

Pulled in Brooklyn
International Print Center
April 4, 2019 – June 15, 2019



New York Times

“Art in Review: Brian Belott: ‘Draw Gym’ ” 
by Roberta Smith
September 26, 2013


“Butt Johnson” 
by Michael Wilson
March 2011

New York Times

“Butt Johnson: ‘The Name of the Rose’ ” 
by Ken Johnson
February 3, 2011