Leroy Johnson

Artist Statement

 

My work is concerned with life and existence in the inner-city. In the inner-city, one endures and is fascinated by the amount, variety and ubiquity of urban debris. Its pervasive presence informs the textures, forms, and palettes in my work. I am convinced that improvisation is at the heart of creativity. In my art I attempt to express not only aesthetic values, but social, moral and spiritual ones as well.

 

 

Born: 1937

Lives: Philadelphia, PA

 

 

Selected Exhibitions

2013

Featured Works from the Collection of Harvey and Jennifer Peyton, Robert C. Byrd United States Courthouse and Federal Building, Charleston, WV

 

2011

Remnants of A City, Philadelphia’s Magic Gardens, Philadelphia, PA

 

2008

Acrid Dialectic: The Visual Language of LeRoy Johnson and Theodore A. Harris, HUB Gallery Pennsylvania State University, University Park, PA

 

2006

Silent Voices, Loud Echoes, The African American Museum, Philadelphia, PA

 

2005

Bearing Witness: View From the Street, Swarthmore College, List Gallery, Swarthmore, PA

 

2000 

4 Directions, Western Oregon University, Monmouth, OR

Works from the Other Side, The Clay Studio, Philadelphia, PA

 

1999    

Leroy Johnson, Tisza Yalon Kolton Ceramic Gallery, Tel Aviv, Israel

 

1997

Art and Religion, Balch Institute, Philadelphia, PA

Leroy Johnson, The Clay Studio, Philadelphia, PA

 

1996

Housing Projects, Cheltenham Center of Arts, Cheltenham, PA

 

1994

Case Studies: Art in City Hall, Art Advisory Council, Philadelphia, PA

 

1989  

Speaking in Our Own Tongues: Latino and African American Artists: A New Beginning, TallerPuertorriqueño, Philadelphia, PA

 

Selected Collections

Atlanta Life Insurance Company, Atlanta, GA

Harvey and Jennifer Peyton, Charleston, WV

Juvenile Justice Center, Philadelphia, PA

Lewis Tamer Moore, Philadelphia, PA

Reid and Irene Chambers, Washington, DC