17.02.09 by Jeff

Chris Johanson

Colourful characters by Chris Johanson (site seems to be down).

chris johanson painter drawing painting illustration

chris johanson painter drawing painting illustration

chris johanson painter drawing painting illustration

chris johanson painter drawing painting illustration

chris johanson painter drawing painting illustration

chris johanson painter drawing painting illustration

Jeff Hamada is the Founder and Editor of Booooooom. He lives and works in Vancouver.

  • nikky

    remember this guys stuff from an old issue of ANP quarterly. Love it!

    • if all things were realistically drawn, the illustration/graphics/everything world would be extremely restricted, and a lot more boring.

      • this isn’t a comment directly linked to yours NIKKY i just can’t find the normal comment thing and i wan’t to join in haha

  • Cutovoi

    This is just someone who can´t draw well. Bad reference, though.

  • no.


    I can´t fix why the art became this kind of thing. Anyone who can hold a brush or a pencil and do poor aesthetic images like these, are instantly considered an artist. Blame on Duchamp and Warhol, who´d stop to contribute aesthetically to the art, raising empty questions about its relevance, starting the stupid “conceptual art”. Also blame the art market, wich is guided by people who isn´t committed to it, seeing on art just another good way to make money. “Ineptitude has today, it seems, acquired full rights of citizenship in the realm of art.” – Pietro Annigoni


  • Is Cutovoi an artist? Just curious. Just an internet commentator? My opinion……Anyone who spends their time doing what they love and getting paid and or recognition, no matter what situation may be….derserves it. Too much hating.

  • nikky

    some people like it, some don’t.

    I wouldn’t call it poor…
    Art with this kind of aesthetic makes you feel a different way and conveys a different message than if it were perfectly executed.

  • i kind of agree with Nikky except for that last part – to me there is no right way or wrong way of making art so these are perfectly executed. if they were intended to solve a design problem that’s different

  • Cutovoi

    Longoland, i´m not an artist. I´m trying to be an illustrator. Anyway, I think this kind of art doesn´t contribute aesthetically to develop the graphic world. Lots of “artists” had used children trace like these on their works, but for what? In the most of cases, to “cause” some noise on the media, using some weird “concept” to justificate the bad quality of the work. It´s different from what impressionists, futurists, dadaist, cubists, who´d let the art to a new stage. In your line of though, Longoland, wich people who get paid for what they love, a 2 years old girl in Australia had their work shown on a big museum, because it´s curator don´t know the age of the chldren when her mother presented the works. What happens today is that some of us let away the graphic sense, to accept anything that is produced. Sad.


  • Why dont you post a link to your work cutovoi.

    I am going to assume, forgive me if I am wrong, but it sounds like you are still in school and have decided what art is, what illustration is and what they are not.

    I am not saying everything produced is good art, but sometimes I find students (I teach at Pratt Institute) get all worked up about what art/illustration/ design and what it should and shouldnt be. How about this…..why dont you do a drawing influenced by this artist and see how hard or easy it is to achieve these results……and post your own work and let the comments flow.

  • i love this work. got me in the first one, some kind of bizarre family tree, whats amazing cause every family is a little bizarre.
    people don’t understand that art isn’t full of rules. I really would like to see Cutovoi work.

  • Laurie

    Hello everyone!

    Cutovoi just want to be honest in your opinion about this work.
    If there’s freedom of expression, must also have freedom of opinion …

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  • I saw this guy was a featured artist, and the illustrations caught my eye. I really like the style and I feel there is some message behind. that’s a really big part of “art” = communicating, and i also think i’m “getting” the message, cause i’m interested in the illustrations.
    you need courage to be artistic, to try to say something. but in the other hand you don’t need that much courage to be opinionated about someone else work . sorry for my bad english, i’m latin.

  • amazing style.

  • megan marie

    “What happens today is that some of us let away the graphic sense…”
    i dont even understand why graphic design and fine arts are being discussed in the same sentence. sure they can influence eachother, but never have they been the same thing. im currently in art school right now and never have i heard someone be told to think more graphically in a critique. in fact, it’s been quite the opposite.

  • I like this art because to me it is visually appealing. It has character, and has definitely generated a response. To me it seems much more advanced than somebody who just uses a simpler style to illustrate. The way he uses color as a whole in his work, and the way he chooses to balance everything together seems more interesting than just some bad illustrator.

  • laurie

    Indeed, his work has such nice colors. Only the colors.

  • elgrecodetolede

    Très bon travail. Simple et fort et belle couleur. La liberté de basquiat avec moi de remplissage. J’aimerais avoir cette force…

  • Haters to the left…

    Anyone that can actually give a precise definition of ART and therefore judge other people isn’t actually an artist- It is just a person who think he understands the visual expresion and want to prove it somehow or is some kind of failure that needs to criticize anything to feel better.

    My opinion; the mixture of colors is great! =D

  • Cressida

    I’m fresh out of art school, and I can’t tell you what a huge impact CJ has had on my generation of illustrators. In a strange way I can understand why you wouldn’t like these kind of drawings, they’re crude and imperfect. But for me it’s those exact components that make the pictures so exciting for me, it brings the characters to life. I relate to these drawn people more than I relate to more realistically drawn figures.

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