About the Artist
Liselott Johnsson, Swedish and American, was born in Uddevalla, Sweden, in 1967. She
lives and works in Nice, France. She holds a Master of Fine Arts in Visual Arts and a
Master of Architecture. Johnsson’s work has been exhibited in numerous art galleries
and public architectural places in the United States and France.
Liselott Johnsson explores the notion that color and pattern can become a code or a
linguistic system. While her vibrant and striking motifs can be initially appreciated
aesthetically, her paintings come alive when decoded through her invented visual
alphabet entitled: High Modernist Color Barcode. This substitution code emerges from
the patterns of hard edge abstraction, the marine International Code of Signals, and the
High Capacity Color Barcode, a type of two-dimensional bar code developed by
Microsoft. In addition, the code integrates pictorial language of traffic signs, emergency
safety objects, and fashion.
The art works by Liselott Johnsson not only revitalize the visual language of abstract and
geometric painting, but also reveal how geometric motifs, ever-present in daily life and in
culture, acquire meaning depending on the viewer and his or her chosen code. Inviting a
unique and inspiring interaction between the artwork and its viewers, she calls attention
to what art is saying to us, and consequently, to how art contributes to our lives.