" THE ROOM OF WONDER", Al Johnson's fascinating world showcased at La Maison d'Art is revealed to the public in shimmering mysteries like jewels in their boxes.
The expressionist Master takes us where we have never been, as a pathfinder constantly exploring new directions.
In the spirit of a " Cabinet de curiosités", inspired by the surrealistic boxes by Joseph Cornell, Man Ray and Marcel Duchamp, Al Johnson's works are poetic juxtapositions of found objects, gestural and chromatic allegories lightened with his tonal palette, blended with the rhythms of Jazz which resonate forcefully and open the gates to the magic of dream .
Enter "The Room of Wonders "
Accomplished illustrator, painter, curator, creative director and mentor.
Al Johnson studied at Pratt Art Institute, the Art Students League and at the Albert Pale School of Commercial Arts under the instruction of Jack Faragasso. Merging both talents of commercial and fine arts proved to develop into a signature art form for him.
As an accomplished oil painter, Al Johnson, most recently was commissioned to create a seven-foot portrait of Congresswoman Shirley Chisholm, which is permanently installed in Brooklyn Borough Hall.
Al Johnson has extensive experience in Production design creating advertising art for many advertising companies in and around New York since 1987. He has worked with Fashion Ads and Movie Industry Group.
His ample body of works includes developing the storyboards for TV's Third Watch, Disney's Tuck Everlasting, Oscar winning film, The Hours directed by Stephen Daldry and The Fountain directed by Darren Aronofsky. Al Johnson’s creativity was instrumental in promoting the successful campaigns for the following HBO shows: Sex in the City, The Wire, Six Feet Under, The Sopranos and the broadcast promotional campaign, TV on the Move, for the A&E television network.
Al Johnson mentors both young and adult artists who are at the beginning of their artistic journey by providing hands-on-experience as to how to develop their own artistic style. He also shares his skills and advice on specific media and techniques to enable emerging artists to reach their goals.
"While I may have had a particular direction in mind when creating, I encourage the viewer to experience the work in their own way - to draw their own conclusions and make their own discoveries. For this reason, I sometimes refer to these works as "Interpretizm." It is an act of creating with one thing in mind, to touch the inner spirit and to allow the viewers to interpret for themselves what they see and feel in each expression. My art asks the viewer to behold in wonder."
- Al Johnson