Mediums: Visual Arts/Mixed Media
Al Johnson, illustrator, fine artist, educator and mentor has developed an inclusive vision that captures the Classical, weaves it with the contemporary and refracts it through the prism of his remarkable individuality. 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.
Exhibiting internationally from the Tokyo Metropolitan Museum in Japan to Guangzhou International Art Fair in China to exhibitions in New York City, such as the curated exhibition by Jordan Cantor Former Assistant Curator of the Museum of Modern Art, Mr. Johnson has inspired and motivated collectors and fellow artists. His scope of worked have crossed many genders inclusive of creating the original renderings of the Georgia Aquarium, the largest aquarium in the world. Chosen out of a nationwide search, Mr. Johnson 5 by 7 foot oil on canvas commissioned portrait of Congresswoman Shirley Chisholm installed adjacent to the turn of the century portrait of President George Washington has been featured during the State Office Building Naming Ceremony and National United States Commemorative Postal Stamp Unveiling of Shirley Chisholm. The Energy Tile Series commissioned by the YMCA for permanent installation created by Mr. Johnson remains to inspire reflecting the spirit of movement. And, 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.
As a sought after storyboard artist Mr. Johnson continues to communicate the Director’s voice in the commercial and feature film industry. He maintains an endless list of credits in films such as Academy Award Winning Film “The Hours”, the feature film “The Fountains”, the feature “The Island Chronicles”, HBO’s The Sopranos, Six Feet Under and Sex In The City, including spots aired during the Superbowl, to name a few.
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.
My life has many facets to its existence. And I have found that in this life, I am finding new freedoms of expression through a spiritual connection. Actually, and it’s more meaningful as a spiritual awakening. Abstraction is the direction I prefer in painting. and it’s in this process it has shown me how to not to intellectualize on its path, but to just exhale and let it flow. So I am now finding more ways to create portals for the viewer to behold in wonder. With mixed medias on canvas and masonite make it traditional and acceptable. To some it is healing to just look inside the artworks from my series. And for others, it’s a moment in time that takes viewing it somewhere that maybe they discover something the viewer didn’t know about themselves. I’m always ready to explore more ways of expressions. Even more, I want to share the experience of creation between artists and art lovers.
Al Johnson Art