Harvey Johnson




New York, New York


Western-Indian genre, illustration


Bud Johnson

Traditional painter of historical Western scenes, born in New York City in 1921 and living in Santa Fe, New Mexico since 1975. “My father was a sculptor,” he says, “my mother a landscape painter. I studied art for three and a half years at the Art Students League (as had my father and mother).”

Raised in the East, Johnson also studied in WPA adult art classes, and went to the League after serving in the Corps of Engineers in World War II. To get started as an illustrator, he worked in an art studio for six months with no pay, then painted Westerns for men’s pulp magazines. When the pulps decline, he spent nineteen year as an instructor at the Famous Artists School in Westport, Connecticut, where the well-known illustrator Harold Von Schmidt told Johnson about the market for Western paintings. Johnson was named a charter member of the Cowboy Artists of American and was in its first show in 1966. His oil paintings won silver medals at the 1978 and 1979 shows.