JOHNNY OTTO / Conspiracy + Propaganda = Art

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Beneath the Darkness / Series of Untitled Abstract Paintings / 2020

Heavy, dark soul-crushing black paint covers splashes of hopeful colors, a reflection on the dark storm that looms over America. Johnny Otto, known for his Neo-expressionistic figurative work, takes a bold new direction, or at least a detour, as he explores issues of the hate that has swept through his country. These abstract works do not attempt to be pretty or graceful but, rather, they aim for turbulent and chaotic. The thick black paint like death of conscience, masking whatever life struggles under it's weight...begging to be free.



Johnny Otto "Beneath The Darkness 001" 36" x 48" acrylic on canvas 2020



Johnny Otto "Beneath The Darkness 002" 36" x 48" acrylic on canvas 2020



Johnny Otto "Beneath The Darkness 003" 36" x 48" acrylic on canvas 2020



Johnny Otto "Beneath The Darkness 004" 36" x 48" acrylic on canvas 2020



Johnny Otto "Beneath The Darkness 005" 36" x 48" acrylic on canvas 2020



Johnny Otto "Beneath The Darkness 006" 36" x 48" acrylic on canvas 2020