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Dion Johnson, Director of University Art Galleries at La Verne, has an exhibition titled 'Velocity' this week at the De Buck Gallery in New York.

Dion Johnson, Director of University Art Galleries at La Verne, has an exhibition titled 'Velocity' this week at the De Buck Gallery in New York.

Strokes of Genius

Dion Johnson, Director of University Galleries, makes the news for his own works, some of which are included in ARTnews’ “The World’s Top 200 Collectors.”

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  • July 16, 2012

Dion Johnson, Director of University Art Galleries, received a distinguished mention in the latest issue of ARTnews, because some of his work is among the collections of “The World’s Top 200 Collectors.”

Some of Johnson’s newest works are on exhibition as “Velocity” at the De Buck Gallery in New York City through Thursday. His work will also be shown at the inaugural Art Southampton art fair, July 27-30, on Long Island, New York.  Some of his works can also be viewed at the University of La Verne, including in Leo Hall.

“Upon reading this article, I felt a tremendous amount of gratitude for having the good fortune of lasting relationships with galleries, collectors and colleagues,” Johnson said. “For me, the inclusion of my painting in this article reflects that my studio practice grows from canvas to canvas.”

A list of “The World’s Top 200 Collectors” may be found at One of those collectors, Ron Pizzuti, owns a Johnson piece, titled “Moonlight.”

The De Buck Gallery, which has pieces from Johnson’s “Velocity” exhibit featured on its website ( notes that “Johnson’s extraordinary use of acrylic paint creates almost digital landscapes, enhanced by his ability to camouflage both brush and stroke.”

Further, the exhibit notes say, “Johnson’s distinctive technique solicits the viewer’s closer examination, although there is no trace of line to be found. Johnson’s large-scale canvases are visual experiences in precision, beauty, design, and most importantly, color.”

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