X Gallery began as a one-year experiment, with the support and sponsorship of John McGuinness, owner of Harlem Properties on Malcolm X Boulevard (Lenox Avenue). Now in its third year, the gallery will be closing its doors with a final two-day exhibition, works by the renowned artist, Al Johnson.
Al Johnson, illustrator, fine artist, educator, and mentor has developed an artistic style that captures the classical, and weaves it with the contemporary to create bodies of work that exemplifies his individual style. Spiritually connected to his work, his mix of color and shapes through abstract expressionism allows the viewer to interpret what they see and feel.
“Al Johnson is one of the most imaginative Abstract painters I’ve seen in today’s art world. There are images hidden within each painting that flows with the imagination of the viewer. ” Lisa DuBois
Harlemites in particular are familiar with Johnson’s work over the years, with too many exhibitions to mention, including the first Spirit of Community group exhibition at The Dwyer presented by Paula Coleman and Barbara Horowitz in 2010. And for all of the artist’s in that first Spirit of Community exhibit, myself included, the November 2nd Reception would be a wonderful chance to come together, nine years later.
Works by Al Johnson will be on view for two days only, November 2-3, with a Reception on November 2nd from 6-9pm. X Gallery, located at 163 Malcolm X Boulevard, between 118/119th Streets in Harlem.
X Gallery will continue as an online gallery, promoting great art and photography, remaining open to new possibilities and partnerships.