Ian Johnson was born in Syracuse, New York and lives and works in San Francisco.  In addition to painting, drawing, freelance illustrating and graphic designing, he is the Creative Director of Western Edition Skateboards.  His style and visual language has an instantly recognizable character and unique voice. His work draws its structures and graphic impact from his scope of influences that includes jazz music, literature, and film.  Johnson adds elements of abstraction giving his compositions the expressive immediacy and elevated moods that are rooted in the culture and histories he references. His paintings and drawings incorporate elegantly drafted elements of figurative line work and abstract patterns that combine with color, building on his established and ongoing visual narrative.