Colin Johnson is an American commercial illustrator. He studied at the Maryland Institute College of Art and has been featured widely in print magazines. Johnson lives and works in Minneapolis. It is hard to get any solid biographical data on him. I sense that he has spun a sort of mythical biography about himself. That, or he had an unbelievably adventurous youth. Anyway, here is an interesting statement that he made about the divide between the fine and commercial arts:
Certainly in this day and age many illustrators are also painters. Meaning, I suppose, that as illustrators they work on commissioned commercial projects and as painters they do their own work for the purpose of gallery sale or exhibition. In my opinion the divide in these two worlds today comes from the top of the painting world. Meaning that the critics at the top of the fine arts/gallery scene still make distinctions about who they're willing to accept into their "art society" and who they're not. Or more importantly who should be counted in the context of modern art history and who should not.
I agree. It is an artificial, elitist-driven division.
Joseph Stubeck Doesn't Like You.