NOWhere Limited is pleased to have produced this signed and numbered print edition by Aaron Johnson: Now We Hunt Hippopotamus. Originally realized as a reverse-painted, acrylic-polymer-peel painting Aaron Johnson’s fantastic image Now We Hunt Hippopotamus is now available as a limited edition archival pigment print on acid-free paper. The regular edition has sold out at NOWhere Limited. However, we are offering a few pieces from the Artist’s Proof edition of this print via the buy now button at the top of this page.
TITLE: Now We Hunt Hippopotamus
ARTIST: Aaron Johnson
SIZE: 22 x 17 inches
MEDIUM: Archival pigment print on acid-free paper
EDITION: 6 (ARTIST’S PROOF EDITION.)
PRICE: $300 USD + shipping
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ABOUT THE IMAGE:
“Now We Hunt Hippopotamus is a convergence of disparate influences, specifically including The Hippopotamus Hunt by Rubens (one of my favorite paintings by one of my favorite painters), Indian firecracker graphics (which I discovered traveling in India in 2005, a trip that completely exploded my color palette), and the David Lynch film Wild At Heart (the title of this piece comes from torrid moment when Isabella Rossellini stares down the barrel of her pistol pointed at the camera shouting ‘Now We Hunt Buffalo!’) I liked the idea of telling a humanity versus nature story in which the human element is represented by miniature severed heads, clearly overwhelmed by the behemoth brute force of the animals raging around the composition.” -Aaron Johnson.
Pictured above: Aaron Johnson signs the edition at his Brooklyn studio.
ABOUT THE ARTIST:
Aaron Johnson is a painter based in Brooklyn, NY. His reverse-painted acrylic-polymer-peel paintings inhabit the realms between the erotic-catastrophic/ecstatic-psychotic/comic-tragic, fusing diverse painting vocabularies into his own distinctive breed of Americana-grotesque, all rendered obsessively with tender brutality. Roberta Smith in The New York Times describes his works as “visceral, beautiful and flamboyantly timely, which is saying a lot.” Johnson received his MFA from Hunter College, NY in 2005. His work has been exhibited internationally at such venues as Stux Gallery, New York; Hudson Valley Center for Contemporary Art, NY; Gallery Poulsen, Copenhagen; Gallery Brandstrup, Oslo; The Running Horse Contemporary Art Space, Beirut; and Kunsthalle Exnergrasse (Vienna). Johnson’s exhibitions have been reviewed in many publications including Modern Painters, Art News, Beautiful Decay, Kunst International, The Village Voice, and The New York Times. In 2007 he was awarded a Space Program grant from The Marie Walsh Sharpe Foundation, and is MacDowell Colony Fellow for 2012. His work is in the permanent collections of The Weisman Foundation and The Museum of Modern Art.
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