Home' Nonahood News : NONA 070116 Contents Clyde Johnson
Young Man Begins Voyage of
Becoming a Professional Artist
Anyone who can identify them-
selves has a journey to share about
how they arrived and became who
they are. Whether they are a doctor,
lawyer, salesman or mechanic, there
is a unique story to tell. Many times,
the stories are filled with struggles to
overcome as well as celebratory events
that result in positive memories. This
month’s Nonahood Artist is Clyde John-
son, who as a Lake Nona High School
graduate in 2015 is at the beginning of
his journey that promises to be filled
with successes and challenges.
Did you have passion for art as a
No. I really didn’t know what art was,
to be honest. I drew, like, cartoon char-
acters, but I thought that art was just in
the illustration. I realize now that there
are five dimensions to art. There’s vis-
ual, there’s performing, there’s martial,
there’s culinary, and there’s language.
We do at least one of those dimensions
of art on a daily basis. Language, some-
thing that we communicate every day.
This is language art. You know what I
mean, because it’s a way where intel-
ligence manifests itself into one form
over another. Let’s say you have the
topic of power. You could go ahead and
write about power and scripts or in a
poem. You could illustrate power in a
painting. You could express power in
a martial arts performance. You could
illustrate power in a performing arts
performance. You can illustrate power
even in culinary, as weird as it sounds.
You ever hear of Kung Pao Chicken?
Can you please explain your art
and what you feel its purpose is?
When it comes to my artwork, you
have to understand me as a person.
As a person, I’m not what people think
I am, honestly. People thought of me
being Clyde Johnson, but I really don’t
exist the way people think I exist. ...
I’m merely a vessel for the Heavenly
Father, period. So, whatever I do, my
Father does. ... He is the source, sub-
stance, limits and boundaries of eve-
rything, and that’s what the Spirit is.
... He’s both the darkness, and He’s the
Light. ... What I really want people to
take away from this is God is able to
be in whatever shape and form that He
chooses to be in.
What is it that you love the most
I definitely love the visual aspect of
my art. I love seeing color. I’m a very
colorful person. I love seeing how that
translates into my paintings more so
than anything. I think it’s just the con-
cept and the message behind it.
Tell me about what you love the
most about our community.
You know what? I love how Lake
Nona has such a peace of mind. Re-
spect for every individual is present in
this community. Also, I see potential
in Lake Nona. I know a lot of talented
people that went to Lake Nona High
School, and again, like I said, it’s just a
matter of having a platform and having
culture that needs to be brought to the
forefront in Lake Nona. ... The commu-
nity can only become strong if there is
What are your goals as an artist?
I was en route to go to the Savan-
nah College of Art and Design but didn’t
have a full scholarship. Eventually, I
want to go there. ... In January 2015,
that was the first time I thought to my-
self, okay, I can actually make a body of
work with painting. At first, I wanted to
do something in fashion, but I have to
go to school for that. ... I figured, okay,
the first step is to go ahead and do fine
arts, which is painting. There’s this art-
ist named ... Takashi Murakami; he
did the cover for Kanye West’s Gradu-
ation album with the teddy bear. What
he does with his artwork, he basically
monetizes his own creativity. He makes
plush toys. He did collaborations with
Louis Vuitton and shoe brands and
stuff. Eventually, I want to do some-
thing like that and make my way into
fashion and film.
...Also, sparking a clear under-
standing of art as a whole within this
community and beyond. Like, it would
be super dope to see kids playing jazz
and stuff like that in front of McDon-
ald’s or something like that. I don’t
know, something weird like that, but ... I
just believe that everybody should have
a respect and be inclusive towards how
people express themselves. That would
definitely be a big achievement.
What type of work are you doing
now to achieve your goals as a
City Arts Factory in the downtown arts
district in downtown Orlando, I will
have an exhibit of a series of my paint-
ings called ‘I am Confectionary.’
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12 JULY 2016
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