Smart bets: Erik Johansen

Like a lot of kids, Erik Johansen doodled his way through math and social studies classes. Unlike a lot of kids, he taught himself to draw and launched a lifelong pursuit. After traveling the world to further his self-motivated art education, Johansen settled in Asheville. According to his bio, he “tends to focus his artistic energy on the imagination, the unexpected and the ironic, and allow the technique to develop organically. … Erik’s paintings, if executed properly, should speak for themselves without the need for explanation. However, he relishes knowing that each person will interpret the same image a little differently, and is happy with that.” Johansen’s work is currently on exhibit in the FW Front Gallery at Woolworth Walk. The show runs through Saturday, Nov. 29, with an opening on Friday, Nov. 7, from 5-7 p.m. Artwork by Johansen

About Alli Marshall
Alli Marshall is the arts section editor at Mountain Xpress. She's lived in Asheville for more than 20 years and loves live music, visual art, fiction and friendly dogs. Alli is the winner of the 2016 Thomas Wolfe Fiction Prize and the author of the novel "How to Talk to Rockstars," published by Logosophia Books. Follow me @alli_marshall

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