Ian Baker Johnson, Milwaukee-based painter

Rooted in abstract expressionism, Ian Baker Johnson engages in gestural mark-making and process painting while employing various tools to move paint across her canvas.

“I begin each painting intuitively.  By making a few marks, I continue to add to it, as I respond to what I have just put down. I work in a process-oriented manner. At some point, the piece will give me a clear suggestion of where it wants to go and I will follow.

As a painting is nearing completion, my process slows down.  There are choices and decisions to make at this point about refining and completing it.  Much time is now spent just looking at the piece and being with it.  At some point, I’ll see what needs to happen and will adjust a color, make a mark, or fine-tune something, if necessary. 

Owning a piece of art is a gift you can give to yourself. It’s so rewarding to see the hand of the artist in a piece of original art – not to mention feeling the heart and soul of the piece. Keep in touch if you want to see more of my work.”       

Ian Baker Johnson

The Modern Landscape, Wisconsin Visual Artists, Alverno College, 2024


New Exhibition


February 2nd to March 8th

Opening Reception February 9th at 4:30pm


3400 43RD STREET


Ian Baker Johnson is honored to be included in The Modern Landscape art exhibit presented by the Wisconsin Visual Artists Southeast Chapter. Nearly 40 artists are represented with an opening reception on February 9th, beginning at 4:30. Please join us in the Art & Cultures Gallery at Alverno College. The exhibition is open to the public Mondays thru Saturdays 10 to 4. The Gallery is located in Alexis Hall at the corner of 39th Street and Morgan Ave.


Opening Reception:
Artist Talk featuring Kristine Hinrichs, Susan LaBudde, and Lisa Englander moderated by Steven Bauer, starting at 5:30 PM.