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.