Detroit Artist Paul Johnson’s “Color Blocking” Arrives at Cass Cafe

At just 27-years-old, Johnson has already reinvented his style a few times. His latest show at the Cass Cafe proves he isn’t done yet.

Customers sit at a table at Cass Cafe in front of artwork on the wall.

Interior of the Cass Café, 2018.

Courtesy of Paul Johnson

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At just 27-years-old, Detroit artist Paul Johnson has already reinvented his style a few times.

His latest show entitled “Color Blocking” follows that trend of reinvention for the young artist.

On display through February, Johnson’s latest exhibition is being hosted at Cass Cafe — the longtime Cass Corridor restaurant that has given its walls to local artists for years.

Instead of strictly sticking to his paintings being hung on the walls, Johnson painted original works directly onto the walls of the restaurant creating a more impressive experience than similar exhibitions hosted there.

CultureShift’s Ryan Patrick Hooper speaks with Johnson about his new show at the midtown restaurant.

Click the audio player above to hear the full conversation with Detroit artist Paul Johnson about his latest exhibition “Color Blocking” at the Cass Cafe.


  • Ryan Patrick Hooper
    Ryan Patrick Hooper is the award-winning host and producer of CultureShift on 101.9 WDET-FM Detroit’s NPR station. Hooper has covered stories for the New York Times, NPR, Detroit Free Press, Hour Detroit, SPIN and Paste magazine.