Artist Bruce Johnson sees art and nature as parallel forces seeking equilibrium. Johnson crafted After the Fire by burning and burnishing a salvaged redwood root sourced from the north coast of California. Taking a cue from the natural shapes of the redwood stump that forms After the Fire, the abstract sculpture is playful and inviting – full of natural and artist-created details and textures.
Bruce Johnson is an internationally renowned sculptor with large scale artworks in Italy, Spain and Taiwan as well as in many private and public collections in the US. Having grown up around forests in Oregon and California, Johnson is an artist and craftsman who uses a chain saw and other tools to create sculptures, or “small acts of preservation” as he calls them, from salvaged old-growth redwood stumps abandoned by loggers decades ago. Johnson’s work is often inspired by the natural environment, his travels to Japan, Guatemala’s Mayan archaeology, and Zen Buddhism.