In the Gallery


The Tiny URL Show cjohnson

December 16th through 31st

Highlighting the small paintings of Christy Johnson, redshoes26.

Christy Johnson uses her training in graphic design, illustration, photography, and writing to create pieces in a variety of media, including the digital illustrations that she calls State Icons.

Christy draws her State Icons digitally, using her mouse, at the tiny size in which they’re displayed. She prints the archival-quality giclées in her home studio, and finishes them in simple handmade frames that are made by her parents.

She thinks of her State Icon illustrations as celebrating the everyday. The landmarks, structures, and buildings she draws may not be known around the world, but they often mean a lot to people, regardless. State Icons can be little souvenirs of a favorite place, reminders of a good memory, ways to commemorate an important date, and much more. 

Christy has shown her work at the Minneapolis Institute of Art, AZ Gallery, Altered Esthetics, Artistry, Flow Art Space, Foiled Again Salon, The FrameWorks, J.A. Geiger Studio, Jungle Red Salon, Roe Wolfe, Spark Letterpress, and Twin Cities Pride. Her work can be found in multiple shops and galleries around the United States.

Christy graduated summa cum laude with a Bachelor of Science degree in Mass Communications (Photojournalism emphasis) from St. Cloud State University, and graduated with honors with an Associate of Arts degree in Graphic Design from The Art Institutes International Minnesota. She grew up in North St. Paul, Minnesota, and resides in Minneapolis.