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Joel Peter Johnson

Joel Peter Johnson

(b. 1962)

Joel Peter Johnson is a renowned illustrator and designer. His work has been featured around the United States in various platforms including magazines Omni and Esquire.

Johnson graduated from the University of Buffalo with a BFA in Painting and Illustration. He has worked for many different newspapers and magazines as an illustrator, including Time Magazine, The New York Times, AIGA, and Sports Illustrated

Throughout his career, Johnson spent many years designing various advertisement campaigns for well-known companies such as the Alley Theatre, Ford’s Theatre, Met Opera, Metropolitan Museum of Art, National Gallery of Art, and the Morgan Library. Johnson has served as the Creative Design Director at Alley Theatre, Senior Designer at LaPlaca Cohen and he is currently the Art Director at Duke Performances in Raleigh, North Carolina. [1]

Joel Peter Johnson’s illustrations have received multiple awards, including from the Society of Illustrators, American Illustration and Print Magazine. His artwork has inspired other artists to better articulate their potential and path. Artist Christopher Marion Thomas wrote:

“I do not know Joel personally, but I feel as though I [have] been a student of his. His Illustrations inspired me to become a professional Illustrator while still a formative student. In 1993 I purchased a book that I still cherish to this day, that book was the Society of Illustrators 34th Annual of American Illustration.

In that annual I saw Joel's work for the first time. Today as in 1993, I think there is a subtle beauty, unique vision, and outstanding craftsmanship in Joel's Illustrations, and his work speaks to me in a profound way. So this is much more than a recommendation of Joel's work, it is a personal letter of thanks to one of the best Illustrators of our time.” [2]


[1] “Joel Peter Johnson”, LinkedIn, (accessed 9/25/2020)

[2] "Joel Peter Johnson", LinkedIn, Christopher Marion Thomas, (reccomendation), (accessed 9/25/2020)