Typeface design education from Cooper Union

Alan Johnson

Workshop Instructor
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In 1968 Alan began his career as an Art Director in New York City advertising agency. By 1974 he decided that the commercial art world was not for him and moved his family to the country and started his own business which still thrives after over 35 years. His east coast studio is a restored barn and gristmill built in 1825 located in northwest New Jersey. Alan works in his studio in Loveland, Colorado sketching, and painting in bold color impressions of the enchanting southwestern landscapes. His experimental painting techniques and unusual color sense are utilized in his fine art painting of a spiritual nature. Alan has been so successful as an independent custom auto artist and pinstriper, he is continually being sought after for his vast experience and knowledge of antique, classic and custom automotive pinstriping details. He is able to remain independent, creating award winning masterpieces that adorn vintage auto and boat restoration projects, which appear in museums and private collections all over the country. He is a consultant for automotive paint manufacturers He has created his own line of signature brushes with The Mack Brush Company. Alan wrote the How To Pinstripe book for Motor Books, along with several "How -To" articles for trade periodicals. He has taught his unique American art form throughout the U.S.A.,Finland, England and Scotland. In 2009 he received the Pinstripe Legend lifetime achievement award for his unique artwork in the Kustom Kulture world. Each year he organizes or participates in charity art auction events, raising money for kids. Some of the charities he enjoys working with are The Wisconsin Children’s Hospital,The Two Kids Foundation , Make-A-Wish Foundation, Ronald McDonald House and the Special Olympics.

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