Al Johnson is a politically engaged sculptor and her work considers recent history and the interplay between politics, power and the collective memory. Al develops sculpture in thematic series and utilizes a range of materials: textiles, forged steel, wax, copper, and timber, creating works that are sensual, paradoxical and challenging.
Al Johnson’s work has been widely exhibited, and is held in both public and private collections. Exhibitions include Reactions at the Imperial War Museum North, Flight and the Artistic Imagination at Compton Verney, and Caught in the Crossfire at the Herbert Gallery, Coventry. Recent sculpture commissions have included the Royal British Legion, the Laing Art Gallery, Newcastle, Valentines Mansion in East London, and the London Screen Archives.
Al believes in the development of creativity as a founding principle of education, and in the empowerment that results from democratic participation in the arts. In addition to her studio practice Al lectures and leads demonstrations and workshops in major museums and galleries, including the National Gallery, the Tate Galleries, the Victoria and Albert Museum, the British Museum, the Royal Collection, and the Wallace collection.