Johnny Freedom is a local artist who was born and raised in Wichita, Kansas. He graduated from Northwest High school in 1991, with now wife, Aimee, literally by his side. After graduation, he enlisted to serve our country in the Marine Corps. Thank you for your service Johnny!
After Johnny’s service to the Marine Corps, he and wife Aimee were living in Phoenix, Arizona. Johnny was working as a State Trooper and Aimee was busy raising the family they had just started. All the while they both knew the ultimate goal was to return to Wichita. Two more babies, a stressful move and a few years later, Mr. and Mrs. “Freedom” finally made their way back home!
A Local Artist in his own Right!
During my time with Johnny and wife Aimee, we discussed whether or not I would title his blog feature a “Local Artist Feature”, or if I should title the blog something different. We talked about him being a Wichita enthusiast, a soccer fanatic and a painting hobbyist; but Johnny never claimed himself to be an artist. Johnny’s only input in regards to my out loud thinking was; “I’m doing this because I care about Wichita.” “Aimee and I choose to be here. We love it here. This is our home and we are proud of it!”
After meeting with Johnny, getting to know him better and understanding his love for our city, I came to this conclusion; Johnny Freedom truly is a local artist. I say this because to me, being an artist is having the ability to create something through your creativity and emotional release. Johnny creates decorative Wichita themed items and murals through his creativity, craftsmanship and love for our community.
The Materials & the Medium
While I was visiting Johnny’s studio, I discovered an array of recycled materials that he ultimately transforms into art! There were old whiskey barrels, books, vinyl records, canvases, an abundant of weathered boards, wooden boxes and gallons of acrylic and latex paint. His vision and ability, as well as the process are really intriguing. Each completed project is truly unique, possessing its own story!
Although most of Johnny’s work is Wichita themed. He also finds inspiration in American Traditional tattoo and 3-dimensional art.
Don’t miss Johnny Freedom and Angie Evans at the Hopping Gnome tomorrow, Friday, January 27th at six o’clock for this month’s Final Friday! This will be Johnny Freedom’s one and only Final Friday show for 2017 so come out and support our local patriot!
Throughout the rest of 2017, Johnny Freedom will be collaborating with another highly respected local enthusiast, who’s name will be disclosed at a later date. Their goal is to continue to promote civic pride throughout all areas of our community and city through art and education!