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.

Leroy Johnson is one of the exhibiting artists for ENOUGH VIOLENCE: Artists Speak Out.


Born: 1937

Lives: Philadelphia, PA



Selected Exhibitions


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



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



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



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



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



4 Directions, Western Oregon University, Monmouth, OR

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



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



Art and Religion, Balch Institute, Philadelphia, PA

Leroy Johnson, The Clay Studio, Philadelphia, PA



Housing Projects, Cheltenham Center of Arts, Cheltenham, PA



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



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