KIEL JOHNSON is a Los Angeles based artist, currently running around the West Coast, getting involved in any creative project that will have him. With an emphasis on drawings and sculpture, his works always say, “handmade, hard work, and having fun.” Kiel brings the inanimate to life, giving us a world not unlike ours but entirely his.
Collaboration has become a big part of his practice as well. Through epic workshops, artist talks, and collaborative video projects, Kiel uses simple materials and handmade ingenuity to bring the infectious disease of creativity to anyone willing to engage.
His work has been exhibited widely throughout galleries and museums around the country, with recent solo shows at Mark Moore Gallery, Los Angeles, CA; Davidson Contemporary, New York, NY; The Taubman Museum, Roanoke, VA. Johnson is also the recipient of numerous awards including a grant from the Pollock-Krasner Foundation in 2008, Durfee Foundation ARC Grant in 2007; and the Outstanding Creative Achievement Award in 2003. Kiel has also been found speaking about his work at TED events around the world with recent talks at TEDxAlAin, United Arab Emirates, and TEDxChristchurch, New Zealand