Joseph Johnson explores the processes of painting through an investigation into the natural, historical and psychological influences on the human condition. These various references embedded in his work, which include observations of personal experiences are examined within the boundaries of the past and present and united by a central study on the structures of identity and our relationship with history and nature.

By engaging a practice that explores various processes and themes, Johnson's paintings become infused with codes and double meanings that ultimately question the ways in which we negotiate our place in the present.