Al Johnson – Room of Wonders

Al Johnson, 2014, Cousin Mary

“Cousin Mary” by Al Johnson Art 2014
20″ x 7.5″ mixed media on Masonite
private collection, inspired by John Coltrane

Expressionism corresponds to a basic need: to express themselves and communicate in their own language and chromaticity, in its own universe of emotions, thoughts and perceptions. Expressionism is an outward effort to explain the world and to understand himself in it. Expressionism is as Jazz a sense of the zeitgeist. For this reason, Expressionism will never be out of fashion, but sometimes more, sometimes less popular.

The New York artist Al Johnson describes himself as an Expressionist, rightly. And he has a visual language that speaks of joy of life, colorful visions and vestigial roots.

“Ever since I knew I was an Artist, I only felt a need to be amazed with every experience. I’m still seeking it”, Al Johnson said. And of course he has to say this, for his expressionist output requires a corresponding input. With this statement he’s telling us that his pictures are a translation of his environment perception, which were filtered through his inner vision.

"Gravitas" by Al Johnson

“Gravitas”
painting by Al Johnson Art 2013
privately collected, in a living room

The consideration of his pictures tells us: He takes himself as an honest man, who lives in the Nowadays, as a person with black roots, with the ability to recognize delicate beauty.

Al Johnson Art 2012

Al Johnson Art Studio  in Harlem, New York 2012

The filters in his perception act in a deconstructivistic manner, he disassembles archetypes just to forge them together into an abstract, contemporary and personal iconography.  He plays candid with associations and colors, just to present to us a pleasing symphony on a wooden surface, on ea peace of canvas or on a ceramics tile. While we look at his art, it positively engages our mental state.

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Al Johnson: Queen of Synergy, 2008
mixed media on wood

Al Johnson’s  artworks encourage us to dissolve the disturbed complexity of our present and deal with it constructively. His paintings are cheerful interventions, hope makers. And they fit perfectly into contemporary environments and modern architecture.

Inspired Insanity by Al Johnson

“Inspired Insanity” by Al Johnson Art 2013
25″ x 20″ oil on canvas
From private collection

Memories from Art In FLUX Harlem

Al Johnson: Memories from Art In FLUX Harlem, 2013

“My greatest inspiration is my family. All of my family supported me even my old dog, Stryce. My beliefs are also of an inspiration too; finding and believing in a source greater than anyone and knowing that it works from inside out and to know that a power can work through me is in itself, an inspiration.” Al Johnson is explaining us. “My desire to see the deeper meaning beneath the superficial extends to every
thing I create. I seek to bring out and express my impression of each subject I paint, especially in my portrait work. The direction is clear to me as I create – as a seasoned and mature artist, I am able to visualize the end before I begin. Therefore, I am always trying to push something to bring it to its most effective point of clarity. My paintings leave an impression on the viewer; in the way I bring out the subject’s personality, yet still have my personal style show through the work. This is done by the way I compose my subjects, and my use of color and lighting. Painting for me is essential – like breathing,
I have to do it.” And he said also: “Welcome to my world. It’s a peaceful world.  A world of loud and silent spaces. I’m expressing my vision of culture fully inter-locked but not bound to any end or beginning. Soulful, rich and seductive and yet spiritual enactments placed on surfaces of textures selected. Many of my works are just thoughts that show up at the right time and thus, I am ready with the tools that make feelings come forward.  I don’t know how it will turn out.  I only know what it tells me to do.”

This Everlasting Moment

This mixed media and found objects study is called “This Everlasting Moment”
The main ingredient is a mixed media painted on wood panel and then mounted in an burned wood box with a metal corner molding attached . Then the painting is supported by braided stainless steel wires and hook them by french scarf hooks . The size is 22″x 36″ x2.4″

Al Johnson paintings have been exhibited in many corners of the world, including the
Tokyo Metropolitan Museum in Japan, the Guangzhou International Art Fair in
Beijing, China and in a New York City juried exhibition curated by Jordan
Kantor, during his tenure as Assistant Curator at the Museum of Modern Art. His
fine art continues to be shown and collected internationally.
In addition, chosen from a nationwide search, his permanently installed
commissioned portrait of Congresswoman Shirley Chisholm is on display in
Brooklyn Borough Hall in New York City and his hand painted ceramic art called
“Energy Tiles™” are also permanent installations at Bedford Stuyvesant YMCA in
Brooklyn, New York.

A sense of Being

Sense of Being by Al Johnson

Other projects that Al has undertaken include creating the original renderings for
the Georgia Aquarium, the largest aquarium in the world. He also continues to
create new visions in the feature film, television and music video industry. You
can view his commercial storyboard work in films such as “The Fountain”, the
national Van Heusen commercial aired during the 2012 Super Bowl, the HBO
Chris Rock Special “Kill the Messenger” and most recently, the feature film, “The
Island Chronicles” directed by Joel Dunn.
In addition to his many accomplishments in the visual arts, AI also develops
mentorship programs helping to inspire and motivate people of all ages.

The Room of Wonders - Solo Exhibition by Al Johnson in NYC

“From the Tropics to the Projects”
painting by Al Johnson Art 2013
36″ x 48″ Mixed media on Masonite Board with found objects

AI Johnson attended Pratt Institute, the Albert Pale School of Commercial Arts and the Art Students League of New York. His paintings have been exhibited in many corners of the world, including the Tokyo Metropolitan Museum in Japan, the Guangzhou International Art Fair in Beijing, China and in a New York City juried exhibition curated by Jordan Kantor, during his tenure as Assistant Curator at the Museum of Modern Art. His fine art continues to be shown and collected internationally. In addition, chosen from a nationwide search, his permanently installed commissioned portrait of Congresswoman Shirley Chisholm is on display in Brooklyn Borough Hall in New York City and his hand painted ceramic art called “Energy Tiles” are also permanent installations at Bedford Stuyvesant YMCA in Brooklyn, NY. Other projects include creating the original renderings for the Georgia Aquarium and storyboard work for the feature film, television and music video industry. You can view his commercial storyboard work in films such as “The Fountain”, the HBO Chris Rock Special “Kill the Messenger” and most recently, the feature film, “The Island Chronicles” directed by Joel Dunn. AI also develops mentoring programs helping to inspire and motivate people of all ages


As a storyboard artist in the commercial and feature film industry, his signature style is sought after. The over 700 illustrations created for the feature film “After.Life” brought darkness to light from frame to frame. Mr. Johnson has developed storyboards for the Academy Award Winning Film “The Hours”, the feature film “The Fountain”, HBO’s Soprano’s, Six Feet Under and Sex and The City, and the 2010 Izod Indy 500 commercial, to name a few. Presently, he is creating the storyboards for two Izod commercials to air during the 2011 Super Bowl.

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Al Johnson and Elleba Xour, Artist Representative from France, at the opening of “The Room of Wonders”, NYC 2014. Photo: Courtesy of Elleba Xour

The Room of Wonders - Solo Exhibition by Al Johnson in NYC

Al Johnson and Jerry Tokosky, NYC

Al Johnson and Jerry Tokofsky at the opening of “The Room of Wonders”, NYC 2014. Photo: Courtesy of Elleba Xour

Links:

>> The Room of Wonders – Solo Exhibition by Al Johnson in NYC

>> Elleba Xour, Artist Representative

 

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