Princess Taytay learns to Drive by MLJ Johnson, 2020, Oil on Board, 32 x 48 inches
“This is the story of my granddaughter, Princess Tay Tay, learning how to drive in the Pocono Woods.” This work is from the People ART series that started in 1976 when I exited Spain and took up residence in New York City.
A native of Washington, D.C., MLJ Johnson was born in 1947 and grew up on Manhattan’s Lower East Side. As an artist, exhibition coordinator, educator, and art consultant, Johnson states that: “Art, being a universal language, is used as a form of visual communication, morphing words into images and pictograms of life’s phenomenon. With a very direct and minimal design, my art demands the viewer’s response, which is more personal than just looking at a painting.” Johnson is listed as an artist and educator in the “Who’s Who in American Art” and “Who’s Who of African Americans” directories. His work has been exhibited extensively in the United States, United Kingdom, Spain, Puerto Rico and South Africa.