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. woolworthwalk.com. Artwork by Johansen
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