Ben Johnson and cityscapes

Ben Johnson (1946), painter.

Ben Johnson studied at the Royal College of Art and has lived and worked in London since 1965. His first solo exhibition was in 1969, immediately after graduating from the Royal College. He is known for his paintings based on architectural spaces and his large-scale, intricately detailed cityscape paintings, which include panoramas of Hong Kong, Zürich, Jerusalem, Liverpool and, most recently, his view of London.

Over the past 46 years he has exhibited in galleries and museums across the world, including the Institute of Contemporary Arts, London; the Walker Art Gallery, Liverpool; the Art Institute of Chicago; Kunsthalle Tübingen; and the Museo Thyssen-Bornemisza, Madrid. At the first Venice Architecture Biennale in 1991, Norman Foster portrayed his work solely through Johnson’s images, before Johnson’s work was included in Foster’s installation at the 2012 biennale.

His work is part of a travelling exhibition currently touring museum venues in Europe, and the first retrospective exhibition of his paintings did open in September 2015 at the Southampton City Museum and Art Gallery.


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