Leroy Johnson's Studio at CFEVA
September 28th-October 24th
Meet the Artist: Saturday, October 24: Noon to 6pm
PLEASE EMAIL GENEVIEVE@CFEVA.ORG TO VISIT.
This Fall, as the culmination of his CFEVA Visual Artist Fellowship, artist Leroy Johnson, has transformed our exhibit gallery into a satellite studio! We invite you to come and take a peek at Leroy's remarkable work in assemblage and painting, and experience his creative process close up and personal.
Please contact Genevieve@cfeva.org to make an appointment. The gallery will be open for visits Monday through Friday, 10-4 PM until December 15th.
On Sunday, October 24th, Noon to 6PM , the CFEVA gallery will be open as part of our annual Philadelphia Open Studios Tour (POST)!
No appointment will be required on that day, but we will be controlling capacity, as needed. Masks required in the building and gallery.
Leroy Johnson is a mixed media artist and a native Philadelphian. Johnson was a participant and activist in the Black Arts Movement in Philadelphia in the sixties and seventies. Much of that art was concerned with the pressing social issues of the time, and jazz was seen as a structural and inspirational component in the creation of that art. Artists such as Ben Shahn and Jacob Lawrence were some who inspired Johnson with their paintings dealing with social issues. Necessity and awareness of constructivism and assemblage encouraged him in the use of found objects and materials from the urban environment to create color and texture in my work. Johnson admires the work of Thornton Dial, Lonnie Holley, and other African Americans whose art is rooted in improvisation and process. He values the urban collages of the streets of Harlem by Romare Bearden, the intense urban paintings of Beauford Delaney and the artists of the Ashcan School. Most importantly, the work of Philadelphia painter and former CFEVA Advisory Board member, Louis B. Sloan, is a great influence on Johnson.