Ben Johnson: Modern Perspectives
This autumn, to coincide with the Sainsbury Wing exhibition Venice: Canaletto and His Rivals, the National Gallery is inviting two contemporary artists to display work looking at the urban landscape.
The second of these artists, Ben Johnson, is painting one of London’s most iconic locations – Trafalgar Square. Johnson is completing his painting in public, giving visitors an insight into the artist’s working methods:
About Ben Johnson
For ‘Modern Perspectives’ Johnson has based his painting on the rigorous geometric composition of the National Gallery Canaletto, The Stonemason’s Yard, about 1725. Like his Venetian predecessor, he subtly manipulates the topography to create an ideal view.
Johnson will also be displaying ‘Zurich Panorama’ and another painting that he completed in public: ‘The Liverpool Cityscape’, 2008 (Walker Art Gallery, Liverpool).
Ben Johnson uses an intricate process to prepare each area of his cityscape paintings, employing line drawings and a vast palette of hand-mixed paint. He has been made an honorary fellow of the Royal Institute of British Architects for his contribution to the public understanding of contemporary architecture.
Supported by the Rootstein Hopkins Foundation.
Image above: Detail from Ben Johnson, 'Preparatory drawing for 'Looking Back to Richmond House'', 2010 superimposed on the geometry of Canaletto, The Stonemason's Yard © Ben Johnson 2010. All Rights Reserved DACS.