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 Ben (Franklin) Johnson  (1902 - 1967)

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Portrait of a Woman, 1952
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Biography from Butler Institute of American Art:
Ben Johnson was born on September 11, 1902, in New York City, and was educated there.  He studied at Pratt Institute and while still a student, he was accepted for showing at the First International Watercolor Exhibition at Brooklyn Museum in 1925.

He became a Tiffany Scholar in 1930-1933 with two grants, and exhibited at Mrs. Phillip Roosevelt's gallery the GRD Studio, and had his first one-man show at the Jumble Shop Restaurant in 1930, when he was at once recognized as an extremely talented young painter.

After a long lapse of about twelve years, which he devoted to religious activities, he again returned to painting of the female nude, working in his cabin in the country.

One-man shows followed, at the Parness Square Gallery, Woodstock, NY; the Advanced Gallery, and Zabriskie Gallery, NY, 1957-1959; Cober Gallery in 1960; The Kornblee Gallery, and David Stuart Galleries in 1963, and Gallery '63, Inc. in 1964, while a further show was held at the Selected Artists Gallery in 1966, all in New York City.

Group shows included WMAA, and WGMA:AFA, Mother and Child in Modern Art, in 1963, and Chicago/AI in 1964.  He won a first prize at Saratoga Springs Centennial in 1963.

His many prominent collectors include : Mr. and Mrs. Billy Wilder, Mr. and Mrs. David Orr, Mr. and Mrs. Seldon Rodman, Mr. Benet Schiff, Mr. and Mrs. Joseph James Akston, Mr. and Mrs. George Axelrod, and Mr. Arthur Al Goldberg.

A Gallery Dache press release, March 1956

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