Ben Johnson's pre-eminent position within the contemporary art field was sealed in 2010 when he was invited by the National Gallery, London, to complete a panoramic view from the roof of the gallery looking across the London cityscape. The first artist in the history of the gallery to paint live before an audience, the painting took many months to complete during which over 50,000 visitors watched Johnson and his team at work.
In 2008 the Walker Art Museum commissioned 'The Liverpool Cityscape' which depicts 170 hectares of the city, a near bird's-eye perspective. It encompasses several thousand individual buildings and took Johnson and up to 11 assistants 24,000 person hours to complete it. Johnson explored the city taking over 3000 reference photographs, consulted with architects and historians, as well as the people of Liverpool, and absorbed the city's distinctive atmosphere. Thousands of detailed drawings were produced before the execution of the painting in minute detail.
Ben Johnson studied at the Royal College of Art and is the only painter to have been made an honorary Fellow of the Royal Institute of British Architects.
Bohun is delighted to be the first gallery outside London to exhibit Ben Johnson's limited edition prints.
NEW: To see the National Gallery video about the creation of 'Looking Back to Richmond House' which was done in situ at the NGL, please CLICK HERE