Bret Johnson is a talented visual artist, storyteller, and idealist. All of his images have a keen sense of visual ideation, hierarchy, and impressive color theorem. His photography has the ability to tap into someone’s sense of subjectivity. Bret's images entice you to look more than what is just on the surface, they warrant your thirst to see what is beyond.
Bret is one of our newest Visionaries and members of The Age of Artistry Program. We at Illusions have developed The Age of Artistry Initiative, usually referred to as the AAI. This initiative is an ongoing effort to showcase the work of well-established artists as well as underground artists who continue to inspire our population. Our artists continually push the boundaries of their craft. They help provide our culture with context and perspective. The history of others has the potential to catalyze the story of others.
To Illusions, an artist is not someone who draws a picture, paints an image, sings a song, or simply writes a poem. An artist is someone who takes something from within and projects that into something that others are able to see themselves within. Art is a direct expression of one’s true self through creation.
Upon asking Bret to tell us a little bit about himself, here is what he had to say.
"My passion for fashion and streetwear all started about 6 years ago when I first started in retail. Pacsun was my one-stop-shop for my gear ever before I worked there and the first brand I fell in love with was diamond supply, those first diamond drops had me hooked. In high school, I was in the skate scene so brands like Huf, Thrasher, Vans were my whole closet, but outfits were never something I put thought into until I started working around clothing and learning about those brands and the passion there founders have for streetwear. That passion somehow became my own, I wanted to know everything about brands I wore. You'll find a lot of your favorite brands have stories that will make you appreciate them even more. Streetwear to me is an expression of art and self. Without those passionate creators of clothing out there we'd have nothing to paint our pictures with."
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