Portrait of Congresswoman Shirley Chisholm by Al Johnson
- Jan. 31, 2014
-- Brooklyn is once again coming to the forefront with the unveiling of United States Postal Commemorative Stamp of Congresswoman Shirley Chisholm on Saturday, January 31st, 2014. Al Johnson, accalimed artist, illustrator and mentor participated in the festivities. His 5 x 7 foot oil on canvas image of Congresswoman Shirley Chisholm installed in Brooklyn Borough Hall was the background for interviews and reflections. Led by Mistress of Ceremonies Award Winning Actress Anika Noni Rose, the list of participants paying tribute to Congresswoman Shirley Chisholm included Congressman Charles Rangel, Congressman Hakeem Jeffries, Congresswoman Yvette Clarke, and Rev. Al Sharpton among many noted dignitaries and constitutents.
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