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Drawing and Painting

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“I aim forefront the dialougue on afro-centric queries, the ideas of beauty and strength, the contradictions of female cultural identity, and by extension colonialism, race, spirituality and more.”

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A.Y. Johnson is a Nigerian artist based in Brampton, Ontario. Her artistic queries surround themes of afro-centric social issues, black feminist dialogue, and exploration of her Yoruba heritage. Through barrier-free visualization, she encourages conversation on these topics as she discusses ideas of beauty and strength, and further explores the contradictions of female and cultural identity, drawing the viewer into conversations about, colonialism, race, spirituality and tradition. Johnson is graduating from the Ontario University of Arts and Design (OCAD U) in Toronto, Ontario with a bachelor’s degree in Fine Arts and has extensive experience showing work in exhibitions across the Brampton and Toronto area. She has also been commissioned to produce works in her local community.
OCAD U - Faculty of Art
Drawing and Painting
Major In progress, 2023

Drawing: Graphite, Marker/Ink pen Installation Sculpture: Casting- Plaster, Wax, Silicone Painting Photography Mixed Media Work

2022, Gathering Divergence
Ada Slight Gallery
2022, Decolonizing Art from the Turtle Islands to the Islands of the Bahamas
Ada Slight Gallery
2021, Mistletoe Magic (Auction)
John B. Aird Gallery
2021, BLACK =
OCAD University (virtual)
2020, Black History Month
Ada Slight Gallery
2019, First Self
OCAD University