Christy DeHoog Johnson

Life Dates:
b. 1969
Artist Biography:
Christy DeHoog creates worlds that are filled with buzzing contraptions, softly rendered buildings, and abstracted worldly forms. Her paintings create arenas for open-ended narratives and relationships between organic, breathing machines and their fanciful environments. Often times DeHoog arranges her characters and settings to reflect the tension of opposites. She explains, "Playing with the attraction of opposites interests me: beauty/ugliness, captivity/escape, macrocosm/microcosm, whimsy/danger." From an early age Christy DeHoog was fascinated by the workings of the natural world. She writes, "As a child I spent much of my playtime making discoveries in the backyard. The yard led to woods with a nearby swamp that housed many "specimens" to collect and observe under my father's microscope." This view of tiny worlds under and around us influenced DeHoog tremendously. "I realized then that the world was not only huge, but also contained in a drop of swamp water on a glas slide." Her work attests to this discovery and to the child-like exuberance that fueled it. DeHoog graduated with a Master of Fine Arts in Illustration from California State University in Long Beach after earning her Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree in Illustration from Kendall College of Art and Design in 1992. Her work has been exhibited on both the East and West Coasts as well as in West Michigan.