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Exhibitions & Festivals


       -Chianciano Biennale

            Chianciano Art Museum

            Chianciano Terme, Tuscany, Italy

        -(UN)Fair Milan Art Fair

            Superstudio Maxi

            Milan, Italy


            Monat Gallery

            Madrid, Spain

       -Paris Art Fair (Art 3F Paris)

            Paris Expo

            Paris, France



            Luna Rienna Gallery

            San Francisco, CA

        - De Young Open 2023

            De Young Museum

            San Francisco, CA

        -Session 5 

            Galeria Azur

            Berlin, Germany

        -6th London Art Biennale

            Chelsea Old Town Hall

             London, Great Britain



             Luna Rienne Gallery

             San Francisco, CA

        -Superfine Art Fair

            Gallery 308 Fort Mason Center

            San Francisco, CA


        -"Ark" Exhibition and Auction

            SFAI Fort Mason Center

            San Francisco, CA

        -"Sweet Dreams Twisted Realities"

            Luna Rienne Gallery 

            San Francisco, CA


       -Luna Rienne Gallery

           San Francisco, CA


       -2020 Preview

          Luna Rienne Gallery

           San Francisco, CA

       -stARTup Art Fair 

           San Francisco, CA

       -Artrooms London

          Melia White House

            London, UK



         Luna Rienne Gallery 

           San Francisco, CA


        Dab Art, H Gallery

            Ventura, CA

      -Startup Art Fair SF (April 27-29)

        Hotel Del Sol

            San Francisco, CA

      -Surreal Salon 10 (Juror, Ron English)

        Baton Rouge Gallery Center for

        Contemporary Arts

            Baton Rouge, LA


      - 89th Grand National Exhibition

        The American Artist's Professional League

            New York, NY

      - Tavern

         The Studio Door

            San Diego, CA

      - National Juried Exhibition

         First Street Gallery

            Chelsea, NYC

      - LINE

         Attleboro Arts Museum

            Attleboro, MA


      - 45th International Art Show

         Brownsville Museum of Fine Art

            Brownsville, TX

      - Aqua Art Fair

         Exposure Gallery

            Miami Beach FL

      - Expressions West 

         Coos Art Museum,

            Coos Bay OR

      - Contemorary Trompe L'Oeil And Still Life            John F. Peto Studio Museum,

            Island Heights, NJ

      - Flora to Fauna 

         Annapolis Maritime Museum,

            Annapolis MD

      - Wild/Mind 

         Gearbox Gallery,

            Oakland CA

      - Art as Politics

         Touchstone Gallery,

            Washington D.C.

      - Where's Andy Warhol? Still Life: Past,                Present, Future

         uBe Art Gallery,  

            Berkeley CA

      - Abundance 

         Studio Channel Islands, 

         Blackboard Gallery,

            Camarillo CA

      - Politics (Not) As Usual 

         Branner Spangenberg Gallery

            Redwood City CA

      - 30 x 30

         Blue Line Arts

            Roseville CA

      - Yountville Art, Sip, Stroll

            Yountville, CA

      - Abstracts Exhibition  

            Lightspace and Time Gallery



      - Spring Show - 

            Academy of Art University


Grants & Awards 

2024 - Chianciano Art Museum Award -

           London Art Biennale

2016 - Special Merit Award -

           Lightspace and Time Gallery

2013 - Portfolio Grant - AAU


Academy of Art University - Fine Art - Painting

Denver School of Nursing - Nursing

University of Colorado - Economics

University of Northern Colorado - Business

Exhibition Reviews

Washington Post, August 13, 2016

   In the galleries: Lines are

East City Art, August 11, 2016

   East City Artnotes: Art as

Metro Weekly, August 4, 2016


Artist Statement:


Through the disciplined practice of painting and a passion for cultural affairs worldwide, Eric Johnston has created a distinctive visionary approach to his artwork. Using academic realism, traditional surrealism, and abstract approaches to contemporary topics, his paintings are direct manifestations of the way humans perceive nature and the environment in which they exist. Mr. Johnston’s artwork is centered on the principle of eliciting strong emotional responses to ambiguous settings and symbolic elements based on the viewers past experiences. The ability to see balance, beauty, and harmony is a theme carried throughout every piece of Eric’s artwork. No matter the style perceived, the artwork of Eric Johnston speaks in a language all of its own. Color, form, and composition are all key attributes in his everyday life that help shape the way he views the world around us. A lifetime of artistic freedom and creative mind authority has led Eric to believe that all his dreams are embodied in art.


Traveling the world and viewing our modern environment through the eyes of artists past, has given Eric insight on how to preserve our current history in the form of art. He aspires to visually educate people on the therapeutic qualities of art and the impact it can have on one’s soul. Persistently searching for meaning to our existence through the symbolic nature of consciousness is the driving force behind Mr. Johnston’s artwork. Eric currently resides in Northern California where he received his training in Fine Arts from the Academy of Art in San Francisco. Mr. Johnston plans to continue creating original artwork of individualized style whenever it may arise, drawing inspiration from his dreams, desires, and the parallel reality encompassing him. Every component of Eric’s artwork relies on one main objective, to question our innate aspirations concerning personal happiness.


October 2016 Issue 15 

         Fresh Paint Magazine

October 2016 Issue 21

         ArtAscent Magazine

April 2017 Issue 24

         ArtAscent Magazine

August 2017 Issue 27

         ArtAscent Magazine

The American Artist's Professional League

89th Grand National Exhibition Catalog


December 2017 Issue 28

         ArtAscent Magazine

September 2018 1st Edition

        CLICK-BATE Publication


September 2018 Issue 33 

         ArtAscent Magazine


September 2018 "Gather"

      Apero Fine Art Catalog

Not Yet Released 2019 2nd Edition

        GENISIS Publication

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