Bio

Richard Johnson
About Typologies
Typology is the study of types, and a photographic typology is a suite of images or related forms, shot in a consistent, repetitive manner; to be fully understood, the images must be viewed as a complete series. - Kristine McKenna, 'Photo Visions', Los Angeles Times, 29 Dec 1991.

Artist Statement: Ice Huts
As with its distant cousins the native Teepee and the Igloo, the Ice Fishing Hut has its own essential purpose. It must be weather resistant and transportable, giving basic shelter and access to the ground beneath it. Richard is traveling across Canada comparing the similarities, and differences, of Ice Fishing architecture between provinces. These provisional shelters offer a colourful glimpse into the Canadian culture of Ice Fishing. Faux wood paneling, sheet metal, tarpaulins, peak roofs, modified camping trailers all fulfill the requirements for shelter. The Ice Huts project, now in its 6th year, consists of more than 650 individual huts laid out in a typological survey.

In 2010, Richard encountered hundreds of huts grouped together in northern Quebec and Manitoba. This series, entitled Ice Villages, are photographed as wide panoramas integrating the structures into the landscape. Hockey rinks
for the children, restaurants, rental huts and even hydro poles to illuminate these villages into the night bear witness to these seasonal Communities.

His latest series, entitled Ice Huts Storm, concentrates on a small community in northern New Brunswick on Chaleur Bay. Colourful shapes poke out from a seamless background, lost in a landscape of driving snow. Birds
hover overhead waiting for fishermen's scraps. Tarpaulin enclosures flap like a weathered flag in the relentless wind.

Exhibitions
2012 - RJ Gallery - Ice Huts Storm, Contact 2012
2011 - Agnes Jamieson Gallery, Minden, Ice Huts & Ice Villages show
2010 - Toronto Image Works Gallery, Ice Villages Solo show
2010 – Lester B Pearson Lobby, Ottawa, FACC Collection, Ice Huts Solo show
2009 – Toronto Image Works Gallery, Toronto, Ice Huts Solo show
2009 – Rotunda Gallery, City Hall, Kitchener, Ice Huts Solo show
2009 – GTAA Terminal One, Toronto, Folk Architecture – Ice Huts Solo show
2008 – GTAA Terminal One, Toronto, Ice Huts - Coming Home group show
2008 – Contact Festival group show of juried winners, Toronto, Ice Huts
2007 – Richard Johnson Gallery, Toronto, Ice Huts, first public showing
Awards/Grants
2010 - Ontario Arts Council Grant; Emerging Visual Artists
2008 – Contact Portfolio Review - Jury Selected - First Place - Ice Huts,
Contact 2008 Photography Festival, Toronto
Published Work / Reviews
2011 - Globe & Mail Arts Review: Ice Villages by RM Vaughan
2010 - Globe & Mail Folio: Ice Villages by Lisa Rochon
2009 – CAPIC Expose – Ice Huts, 2 pages
2009 – National Post, Review by Leah Sandals - Ice Huts at TIW Gallery
2009 – Applied Arts Awards Issue, Ice Huts
2008 – En Route Magazine, Ice Huts
2008 – Globe & Mail review by Gary Michael Dault Ice Huts at RJ Gallery
2005 – Azure Magazine, Garbage Bins
Collections
2011 - Foreign Affairs Canada; Ice Villages for Canadian Embassies
2010 - Edelman Canada Collection: Ice Huts
2010 – Foreign Affairs Canada: Ice Huts for Canadian Embassies
2009 – Private Collectors
2008 – Bank of Montreal, Private Collectors
Professional Experience
2002 – 2010 – Photo Based Artist
Series: Photo-a-Day ‘04, ‘05, ‘06,
Typologies: Elevated Water Tanks, Chip Wagons, Ice Huts
Garbage Bins of Wasaga Beach, Tobacco Drying Huts
1992 – 2010 – Architectural Photographer Owner of Interior Images - a division
of Richard Johnson Photography Inc, Toronto, specializing in Architectural Photography for Architects and Designers
1978 – 1992 – Commercial Interior Designer
Education
1977 – 1979 Algonquin College, Ottawa, Diploma of Interior Design
1975 – 1977 Carleton University, Ottawa, Engineering