Femi J Johnson

Femi J Johnson

Allentown, PA, United States

About Femi J Johnson

Femi J. Johnson, born in Manhattan, NY, Raised in Easton PA. , began pencil drawing from age ten and an early graphite and charcoal artist. Valuing art in tradesman-ship Femi spans years in large and small industry as Master Draftsman & Designer. As industry became more computerized A two-year study in studio fine art in Hudson Valley College, NY, helps to stay engaged with his contemporary and modernist views in art. Decades painting Femi relocated back to the Lehigh Valley eight years ago, and currently works out of his Expressions Studio and Gallery at 542 Hamilton Street in downtown Allentown.

I envision the world, my existence within and meaning for painting, as abstract collaged experiences. Layers and fragments from childhood to adult, formal and self-education, adding personal and media influenced worldview with spiritual and practical human gestures all floating inside looking for position. The work is about translating that to canvas with a forward view in process. Here are works from my continuing series, ’abstract story-scapes’, applying a series of extroverted conscious decisions until completion. Through the imagination of gestural strokes, passionate use of colors, and the incorporation of mixed media collage, challenging what makes up form, place, and invokes a connection. I approach subject matter in a manner to exalt life... In whatever form it occurs.

Education

Hudson Valley College - Studio Fine Arts

Exhibitions

SOLO EXHIBITIONS:
December 14 – January 26, 2020: The Embodiment of Abstraction
Gallery On Fourth, Easton, PA

June 14 – August 1, 2019: Femi and the Collection
Martin Art Gallery, Muhlenberg College, Allentown, PA

August 16 – November 30, 2018, Abstract Story-Boards
Renaissance Mezzanine Gallery, Allentown, PA

August 3 – October 16, 2018: Urban Pathways: Safe or Sacred Spaces
Nurture Nature Center, Easton, PA

February 22 – May 31, 2018: Mind-Scapes
Respect Graduate School, Allentown, PA

September 21 – October 2017: Femi J. Johnson In the Raw
RE:find Gallery 724, Allentown, PA

April 2 - 30, 2016: Fire & Ice
Bank Street Gallery, Easton, PA

January 7 – February 2016: Urbanscapes
Civic 514 Gallery, Allentown, PA


2-PERSON & GROUP EXHIBITIONS:
January 9 – February 9, 2020: Passing Bittersweet: A Tribute to Ross Gay's ‘The Book of Delights’
Lafayette College, Williams Center Gallery, Easton, PA

November 2, 2019: Cocktails & Collecting
Allentown Art Museum, Allentown, PA

October 19 – December 20, 2019: The Artist / The Muse: Femi J. Johnson & Yvette Hendler
Soft Machine Gallery, Allentown, PA

October 19 – January 20, 2020: Afrocosmologies: American Reflections (Featuring works from Petrucci Family Foundation of African American Art and Amistad Center for Art & Culture)
Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art, Hartford, CT

March 30 – April 6, 2019: I Kan Do Dat
Rush Arts Philadelphia & Upper Darby Art Gallery

July 20 – September 2017: At Waters Edge: Printmakers Society of Lehigh Valley
Nurture Nature Center, Easton, PA

July 21 – October 2017: Summer Group Show
Bethlehem House Gallery, Bethlehem, PA

July 16 – September 2017: Bethlehem Fine Arts Commission 4th Bi-Annual Self Portrait Show*
Bethlehem Rotunda, Bethlehem, PA

June 17 – July 2017: Summer Show
IF Museum/Academy, Easton, PA

October 10 – November 13, 2016: Hues Of Red And Blue
Allentown Art Museum, Allentown, PA

September 3 – November 16, 2016: Perspectives 3 Art on the Environment (Summer Residency)
Nurture Nature Center, Easton, PA

October 23 - January 9, 2016: Holiday Show
Bethlehem House Gallery, Bethlehem, PA

August 22 – November 2015: Perspectives
Main Gallery, Nurture Nature Center, Easton, PA

February 2 – March 1, 2015: Reflections
Santa Bannon Fine Art, Bethlehem, PA

September 19 – October 2014: Art Without Artifice
Studio B, Boyertown, PA

August 21 - October 2014: Fragments of a Generation
EPI Riley Temple Gallery, Portlock Center, Lafayette College, Easton, PA

April 18 - May 2014: Altered and Assembled
Connexions Gallery, Easton, PA

February 20 – April 10, 2014: Roots and Rhythms 2014
Shelnutt Gallery, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Troy, NY

February 20 – April 2014: Selected Works
Main Gallery, Nurture Nature Center, Easton, PA

February 11 – March 2014: Duo Expressions Studio
19th Street Theatre Gallery, Allentown, PA

September 20 – October 18, 2013: Wall People
NOW Art Instillation, Old Cigar Factory, Allentown, PA

RESIDENCIES:
November 2018 – July 2019: Artist-in-Residence, Allentown Art Museum, Allentown, PA

2012 – 2014: Artist / Curator, Allentown Art Works, Allentown, PA

March – November 2018: Selection Committee, Cocktails & Collecting, Allentown Art Museum, Allentown, PA

AWARDS:
May 10, 2016: Allentown Arts Ovation Award for Outstanding Achievement in Visual Arts

*July 2017: Best-in-Show, Bethlehem Fine Arts Commission 4th Bi-Annual Self Portrait Show

WORK IN PERMANENT COLLECTIONS:
Petrucci Family Foundation Collection of African American Art, Asbury, NJ

David C. Driskell Center for the Study of Visual Arts and Culture of African Americans and the African Diaspora, University of Maryland