Casey Langteau Johnson has been painting her entire life, but started painting professionally four years ago. This Saturday, the Louisiana native is celebrating the milestone with her first solo show Break Free during Art for Art's Sake, Magazine Street's biggest event of the year. Break Free includes 30 new paintings, all of which will be available for purchase starting Saturday, October 5th at 5 p.m.
Johnson says that Casey Langteau Art started small with an Etsy shop and commissions by family and friends. Her large statement pieces of coastal creatures in blue, neutral, and metallic hues gained traction and soon, she was taking time off from her "real" job to paint her growing list of commissions. She decided to fully commit her time to art in January 2019, calling the experience a true leap of faith. Johnson prepared for the Break Free collection months in advance and put paint to canvas August 1st. She put commissions on hold and reserved two months to focus solely on the show, letting her "creativity take the front seat." The 30 works are all cohesive in color and theme, while varying in shape and size.
In Johnson's artist statement, she shares that she was most inspired to paint by the graceful creatures of the coast. Using just knives and thick texture, the New Orleans native says each painting felt like a celebration.
"It is hard to have a creativity block while living in such a beautifully unique place as New Orleans," she told Adore. "Nola is all about the celebration of life. As a city, we indulge in the world's beauty and the potential of a good time. Just like New Orleans, I want my work to bring out a joyous appreciation for life in all viewers."
Johnson's show is October 5th from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. and will feature a print giveaway each hour. Her gallery (4700 Magazine Street) will be open the week after the show, with the possibility of an extended lease. "I love having the opportunity to meet collectors in person," she says. "While I typically work one-on-one with clients, having a solo show forces me to create a large body of work. Since I am not trying to please any vision but my own, it allows for creative freedom and growth in my style."
Johnson would like to show annually and hopes that her calming artwork "inspires the viewer to slow down and enjoy the little things in life."
Can't make the show? The new batch of paintings will be released online on Thursday, October 10th at 12 p.m.