Johnson, Mark

Eight Fish and Squid by Mark Johnson

Eight Fish and Squid
Oil on Canvas
Collection of the Reese Bullen Gallery,
Cal Poly Humboldt, 1998
This painting can be found on the 2nd floor.
Mark Johnson taught painting here at Cal Poly Humboldt from 1985 to 1990. During that time he, "tried to paint the life of the sea, as a metaphor for the abundance of energy at the university as well as an acknowledgement of the fact that Eureka (where I lived) had a long history that was dependent on the sea." 
"The painting was one of two large format oil paintings created for exhibition at the Monterey Bay Aquarium. The other was acquired by the Aquarium. "
Mark Johnson then began work at the San Francisco Art Institute until 1994, and is currently the Gallery Director at SFSU
He is very still very fond of the special qualities that can be found in Humboldt, and still keeps in touch with many of his old friends here at Cal Poly Humboldt.