Al Johnson

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Philadelphia, PA 19141


Artist's Biography

Al Johnson, illustrator, fine artist and mentor, has developed a contemporary artistic style that exemplifies his individual style. Spiritually connected to his work, his mix of color and shapes through abstract expressionism allows the viewer to interpret what they see and feel.

While formally trained in the techniques of the great masters, Mr. Johnson honed these skills while attending famed institutions such as Pratt Institute, the Albert Pale School of Commercial Arts and the Arts Student League, constantly challenging the creative force within.

Mr. Johnson most recently exhibited in the Maison des Arts Gallery located LeBacares, France where his New Yorkers exhibition was widely received by the residents of the south of France. The 40+ paintings in this show will also be on tour in five major cities in France. His work has also been shown at the Tokyo Metropolitan Museum in Japan, the Guangzhou International Art Fair in China, countless galleries in New York and other major cities within the United States.

His scope of work have crossed many boundaries including the creation of the original renderings of the Georgia Aquarium, the largest aquarium in the world. Chosen out of a nationwide search, Mr. Johnson’s 5 by 7 foot oil on canvas commissioned portrait of Congresswoman Shirley Chisholm hangs in Brooklyn Borough Hall. The Energy Tile Series, commissioned by the YMCA for permanent installation and created by Mr. Johnson, remains to inspire reflecting the spirit of movement. Additionally, he has been listed as one of the top 100 in celebration of the Romare Bearden Centennial Celebration. Continually participating in events focused on the uplifting of a Nation, Mr. Johnson’s original painting The Arrivals was presented at the LGBT Leadership Council of the Democratic National Conference to First Lady Mrs. Obama.

His unwavering self-identity and respect for the gift of art motivates him to give back to future artists through his unique teaching style designed by Al Johnson Art Studios.

His passion is to inspire.

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Artist's Statement

My total existence, especially in the here and now is to create art. I have had experiences with many mediums and media. Working in mixed media is an ever-evolving and never ceasing technique. This gives me room to explore more subjects, thoughts and feelings using the canvas as a collage. This journey has brought on many challenges that were worth getting through and beyond. I am truly an active artist – an explorer of new directions by many means and with much discipline.

Creating abstraction throughout my life is nothing less than an adventure for me. By viewing my canvas as a portal and engaging my wits and heart, I am able to make a statement that integrates a landscape of structures and illuminating light.

Most of my paintings have narratives established by their titles. You may see it simply by what you feel when you first look at a particular painting and by looking longer and you may see even more. I surrender myself to this process just for this reason: to allow the viewer to have their own experience with my art.

All throughout my life it has been my upmost mission to give unto others and stay humble in the journey. I have found different way to express myself while paying homage to the world of art that is every evolving. And with that being said, “I consider myself to be an expressionistic artist.”