Acclaimed visual artist Al Johnson recently opened his latest exhibition of mixed media paintings “The Room Of Wonders” at La Maison d’Art Gallery (259 W. 132nd Street) in Manhattan.
Johnson an illustrator, educator and mentor whose portfolio includes the commissioned portrait of Congresswoman Shirley Chisholm, permanently installed in Brooklyn Borough Hall, in New York City, has developed an inclusive vision that captures the classical, weaves it with the contemporary and refracts it through the prism of his remarkable individuality.
While formally trained in the techniques of the great masters, Al Johnson’s art, in fact, goes to the essence of jazz in that it brings together many influences while celebrating individuality. Johnson honed these skills, while attending famed institutions such as Pratt Institute, the Albert Pale School of Commercial Arts and the Arts Student League.
Al Johnson’s art is inspirational to the spirit. When you look once you will want to look again. As the artist says, “A part of my life is based on dreams. I dream of things that are unseen. I create these dreams and bring them to life.” As an exceptional colorist, Johnson creates the magic and invites the public to experience moods, personalities and love in his “Room of Wonders.”
The exhibition runs through Saturday, March 15, 2014. La Maison d’Art Private Gallery is located on 132nd Street between 7th & 8th avenues. Take the #2, #3, “A”, “B”, or “C” subway to 135th Street. For information and gallery hours, call 718 593-4108 or go to: www.lamaisondartny.com/. For more information on Al Johnson Art, go to: www.aljohnsonartstudio.com/