Damon Johnson is a native New Yorker whose paintings reflect the undying dynamism of his surroundings. Drawing inspiration from graphic novels, graffiti art, skateboard culture and comic books, Damonʼs work has been described as “urban surrealism.” By the time Damon graduated from New York University in 2000 with a Bachelors Degree in Fine Arts, he had already ingrained himself in the gritty downtown art scene. Using found materials to paint murals then bolted to street poles and parking signs, Damon installed his artwork into the city before the term “street art” had even been coined.
Damon is well-known for his large-scale murals which have been installed at the Montauk Surf Lodge, Webster Hall and the U.S. Open. His canvas paintings boast the same high saturation of color, movement and narrative; this neo-expressionist flair has garnered Damon attention for commercial exhibitions in New York (including a James Frey curated show at The Half Gallery), Tokyo and New Orleans.