Leroy Johnson

Artistic Statement

In my art I attempt to express not only aesthetic values but social, moral, and spiritual ones. I am inspired by the sacred relationship between hand and clay which is expressed in many religious and spiritual texts. Mine is an expression of vernacular art in dialogue with post modernism using found objects and mixed media.

My work is concerned with existence in the inner city. I am fascinated by the amount, variety and ubiquity of urban debris. Its pervasive presence is a source of form, texture and palette within my work. In the inner city, one endures.

Solo Exhibitions (Sampling)


"Bearing Witness, Views from the Street." List Gallery, Swarthmore College, Swarthmore, PA.

"City Views," Leroy Johnson. Art Around Gallery, Philadelphia, PA.


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


"Leroy Johnson." Tirza Yalon Kolton Cermaic Gallery. Tel Aviv, Israel.

"Leroy Johnson." The Clay Studio. Philadelphia, PA.

Group Exhibitions (Sampling)


"Celebration of Visual Traditions." The Pennsylvania Council on the Arts and Pennsylvania State University.

"Lonnie Ghram: A Conversation at the Table." The Fabric Workshop and Museum. Philadelphia, PA.

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


"Reinventing Collage." Art Around Gallery.
Philadelphia, PA.


"Faces of Recherche', African-American Works of View," Sande Webster Gallery. Philadelphia, PA.

Philadelphia Museum of Art. Philadelphia, PA.

West Oregon University. Monmouth, OR.

Rowan University gallery. Rowan University, Glassboro, NJ.


Sample Work:

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