Artist Statement

My work is an ongoing investigation into the perceptions and social standards of masculinity in the Deep South. Recently, issues of mortality concerning cultural ties have emerged from this process and have created a new influence for my body of work. I explore these subjects through a personal and cultural narrative of imagery created with non-traditional materials, such as sequins and rhinestones. The end result is a body of work that is both visually compelling and weighs heavy on social issues



Chad Burton Johnson is a native of Birmingham, AL and received his Bachelors in Fine Arts from the University of Alabama at Birmingham in 2010. He later completed his Masters in Fine Art from the University of Central Florida in 2013, under the Provost Fellowship. Chad is influenced by his upbringing in central and west Alabama and explores a personal and cultural narrative of Southern culture. His influences include Anselm Kiefer, Banks Violette, the Reverend Howard Finster, Shaun El C. Leonardo, David Sandlin, and William Christenberry.