The Porcelain Dream
by Brian Johnson
About the Artist
Artist Brian Johnson has created a true masterpiece yet again. Its almost a shame we can only show you pictures, because the details on this bike are unparalleled to none. This unique piece of art reflects the landscape it moves through and sparks conversation with whoever sees it. It symbolizes many things for Johnson. Artistic freedom, design, a mobile canvas really. The landscape and markings resemble the Ming Dynasty mixed with contemporary art culture that comes together into a movable piece of transportation.
Born and raised in southern California. I spent the majority of my adolescence on bikes and skateboards. Growing up in the 80’s culture, I was introduced to many types of cultures both artistically and personally. Ever since I can remember, I have lived a life of creating. Whether it was through painting, drawing, sculpting, woodworking or other multimedia art forms, I found a home in art and peace within the process of making things. I attempt to be creative every day in one form or another.
Working on this particular Solé Art Bike has been such a great experience for me. It allowed me to combine my favorite artistic processes; painting and sculpture. Although I did not sculpt the bike, it was a huge part of the decision process in what type of art I chose to put on it. Each time I think about what will go into the artwork like this, I think about what it is that currently inspires me, and the surface I am going to be making or working on.
The artwork for this bike is heavily influenced by the porcelain artwork and sculptures of the Ming Dynasty era. Everything from the cobalt blues and white backdrops, to the intricate line and brushwork of that time period. It would also not be a complete artistic journey unless some modern elements were thrown in, such as using gold paint to give the overall design some breath, modern accents and pop. Thank you for looking and I hope you enjoy what I have created.