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Artist Al Johnson Presents
 "COSMOSIS" Exhibition at The Herb & Milly Iris Gallery at SOPAC

Thursday, April 3, 2014 • 12:15pm

SOUTH ORANGE, NJ - Acclaimed visual artist Al Johnson exhibits his latest mixed media paintings at the Herb and Milly Iris Gallery at the South Orange Performance Arts Center (SOPAC).  His exhibition COSMOSIS is SOPAC’s second one-man show since it opened its doors in 2006.

The COSMOSIS exhibition, curated by Micha Hamilton, features the richly layered and boldly colored INTERPRETIZM paintings of internationally celebrated artist Al Johnson. Mr. Johnson, an exceptional colorist, creates art that is inspirational to the spirit. When you look once you will want to look again. INTERPRETIZM is his invitation to think new thoughts about what art can be, and allows for individual understanding that transcends any restrictions and expectations in what is seen.

Influenced by artists like Cornell, Klee, Klimt, Pollock, Rothko, Schwitters and Romare Bearden, Al Johnson’s creative universe seamlessly blends the styles and techniques of classical and contemporary art into a powerful and ecstatic vision of spiritually-charged works. Filtered through the prism of his remarkable individuality, the viewer is invited to think new thoughts about what art can be.

While formally trained in the techniques of the Great Masters, Al Johnson's art, brings together many influences while celebrating individuality. Mr. Johnson honed these skills, while attending famed institutions such as Pratt Institute, the Albert Pale School of Commercial Arts and the Arts Student League. Johnson a mixed media artist, illustrator, educator and mentor whose portfolio includes the commissioned portrait of Congresswoman Shirley Chisholm, permanently installed in Brooklyn Borough Hall, in New York City.

Called “The Artist” since his youth, Mr. Johnson has exhibited in many corners of the world including the Tokyo Metropolitan Museum in Japan, the Guangzhou International Art Fair in China and New York City in a juried exhibition curated by Jordan Kantor, during his tenure as Assistant Curator at the Museum of Modern Art. His He is presently on exhibition at the Artcurian Artists Speaking for the Spirit Group Exhibition, consisting of some of the most revered artists of African ancestry.

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.” For more information on Al Johnson Art, visit www.aljohnsonartstudio.com

The COSMOSIS exhibition runs through Sat., May 31, 2014 at The Herb & Milly Iris Gallery at the South Orange Performing Arts Center located at One SOPAC Way, South Orange, NJ 07079. The exhibition can be viewed in person Monday-Friday, noon-6pm and online at http://www.itisagas.com/EXHIBITIONSATSOPAC/CosmosisAlJohnson/.

Some of the artwork in this exhibition is available for sale. To purchase the artwork on display at The Herb & Milly Iris Gallery, please contact the SOPAC Development Department by phone at 973-382-1033 or by email at development@SOPACnow.org. Partial proceeds benefit SOPAC.SOUTH ORANGE, NJ - 

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