Michael Jurogue Johnson
Many individuals and organizations have helped Michael along the way, by
ordering paintings and notecards, which help pay for art supplies and allow
Michael to keep painting every day. The Kotlinski family at
Love and Learning
first gave Michael the possibilities of The Internet. They gave
him space on their website, a computer of his own, and a year on the
internet. Michael is very excited about learning how to use the computer,
sending emails, and corresponding with other artists. Because of the
generosity of Love And Learning, Michael is able to share his art with many
Love and Learning helps special needs children develop vocabulary and learn
speech and reading skills at an early age, with video tapes, audio tapes,
books and computer programs. There is even a CD available that teaches
young children how to use the computer and has some of Michael's images in a
reading puzzle game.
Michael Jurogue Johnson loves to paint every day. He uses watercolors,
acrylics, and oil paints in a cheerful, naive style.
His subjects are often flowers painted with bright colors and playful
animals with expressive faces. Even Michael's night scenes are filled
with energy, light and color.
#836 "Moonsong 35"
Michael has been painting fulltime for nine years. This gifted artist
was born with Down syndrome, but he was also born with an inherited
artistic talent. His family tree is filled with artists, engineers,
and classical musicians.
Michael painting "Cat Garden 13"
When he graduated from public school at the age of 21, Michael decided
to become a fulltime artist, rather than working in a sheltered workshop.
Michael learned how to paint by painting every day, building on what he
had learned in school, and experimenting.
Michael works in an art studio. He paints very slowly and carefully.
Sometimes Michael paints flowers from still lifes and adds animals.
"Cat Garden 13"
"Victorian House Portrait"
Other times Michael paints things he has seen on his walks near the
shores of Lake Michigan: the animals in his urban neighborhood,
the carriage horses in Chicago, and colorful butterflies amid the flower
gardens of Evanston.
Michael Johnson also works in the cottage industry that has grown from
his talent. He enjoys painting children and pets by commission,
writing letters to his customers, assembling notecard orders,
packing and shipping catalogs and paintings, and designing notecards.
Michael has illustrated two children's picture books and is
planning to do more.
"Sparky's Party", written by Maria Kotlinski,
a talented teenager with Down syndrome,
and"A Boy Who Liked Color",
which is authored and illustrated by Michael. Please click on the highlighted titles for more
His paintings may be viewed at The Adult Down Syndrome Center of Lutheran
General Hospital and at TOPS in Malibu, California.
How Michael learned to Paint
Michaelís color catalog has 74 pages and
pictures of 100 or more paintings that are for sale (prices start at $30).
It tells the story of Michael and his art and gives details about individual
paintings and how he learned to paint.
Michaelís catalog sells for $70.
"Kodi", a commissioned pet portrait
"Kids and Pets 4"
Click here to see some of the young artists Michael corresponds with
or write him at:
823 Elmwood Ave. #2
Evanston, Illinois 60202-4353
All paintings are subject to prior sale.
*Michael has been on the cover of "DS League
Lines", the quarterly
newsletter for the DS League of the Greater Bay Area (San Francisco, CA.)
*He was highlighted as the Cover Story for the NDSS (National Down Syndrome Society) "News & Views" magazine.
*He has been a speaker and an exhibitor at the NDSS and the NDSC
(National Down Syndrome Congress) National Conventions.
*He has shown his artwork at the 1996, 1998, 2000 and 2002 NADS Conference.
(National Association for Down Syndrome)
*Michael/s painting was chosen as the winning poster design for
"Pets Make The Difference" a contest sponsored by The American Veterinary Medical Association for Pet Week in 2003.
* In September of 2000 Michael was featured in the "Artist Spotlight" of Art Calendar Magazine.
*On January 12, 2002 Michael exhibited in the "Celebration of Abilities" event
about Down syndrome in Chattanooga, Tennessee with other exhibitors, Mitchell Levitz,
Jason Kingsley, Raymond Hu and Pascal Duquenne.
*Michael has the cover story in the January 2003 issue of the JOURNAL OF THE AMERICAN VETERINARY MEDICAL ASSOCIATION.
*July 10 thru August 2, "2003 Extraordinary Art, Exceptional Artists" juried art exhibit at The Art Center School & Galleries in Mechanicsburg, PA.
*September 4, 2003 Rieger Hotel Kansas City , MO juried art exhibit at The Rehabilitation Institute of Kansas City.
*September 18-20, 2003 "Art Of Triumph" juried art exhibit at Bonner David Galleries in Scottsdale, AZ.
*Nov,16, 2003-Jan. 14, 2004 "Art Ability" juried art exhibition at Bryn Mawr Rehab Hospital, Malvern, PA
*"Kwetu In The City" was the cover of The Rhodesian Ridgeback Quarterly, Winter 2003-04.
*April 2007 -Michael received a Voice award from NDSS and DSALA.
The Voice awards are given to individuals born with Down syndrome who
have expressed their voices to the general public. They are honoring
Michael because he "reached out to the community and had his voice
heard through his dedication to the visual arts."
*October and November 2007 - Art exhibit at the East Meadow Public Library, Long Island, New York.
Michael's very favorite places on the Internet...
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