Al Johnson, artist, illustrator and mentor has exhibited in many corners of the world including the Tokyo Metropolitan Museum in Japan and the Guangzhou International Art Fair in China. He is known for his 5 feet by 7-foot portrait of Congresswoman Shirley Chisholm that is prominently installed in Brooklyn Borough Hall. Also, his 36 x 40 image of Congresswoman Chisholm displayed during the naming of the Shirley Chisholm State Office Building has been used proudly as a symbol of her legacy. As a storyboard artist in the commercial and feature film industry, his signature style is sought after.
"Shirley Chisholm was a brilliant light illuminating the path to equality and social justice. She was a personal hero since I met her at the age of 14. It has been my privilege to capture her incredible essence on canvas not once, but twice, and have my artwork used as inspiration for the U.S. Postal stamp in her honor. It brings me absolute joy." - Al Johnson