H. Stanley Johnson --  Biography  


Stan Johnson was born in Winnetka, Illinois in 1949.  He earned a BA from Vanderbilt University in 1971.  Between 1976 and 1980, he served as the preparator in the Photo Collection of the Art Institute of Chicago.  Here he learned the history and the motifs of the medium he would follow for the next thirty+ years.  Between 1981 and 1983, Stan produced a series of hand colored photo abstractions whose surfaces had been highly altered.  Non traditional materials, glues, solvents, mild acids and even "white out" were applied liberally to emulsions.  The results (non aesthetic) were the same as a color C print (the dominant photographic process of the time).  Image deterioration began almost immediately.  The process destroyed the piece.  The experiment was a failure.  The idea was not.  It would simply have to wait.


After moving to Arizona in 1989, Stan co-founded Recent Developments, LLC with his partner Cheryl Hrudka.  Recent Developments is a fine art photographic concern specializing in landscapes for corporate and hospital environments.  Although the company continues along this path, the partners took a new direction shortly after 2009.  Both began to explore the virtually unlimited non-representational possibilities offered by a variety of digital software.  


Stan's work can be found in private collections throughout the United States.


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