Ben Johnson was born in 1946 in Llandudno, Wales. He studied at the Royal College of Art, London and lives and works in London. He has been exhibiting his paintings internationally since his first solo exhibition in New York in 1969.
Johnson is best known for his paintings based on architectural spaces and his large-scale, intricately detailed cityscape paintings, which include panoramas of Hong Kong, Zürich, Jerusalem, Liverpool and London which was completed as part of a residency at the National Gallery, London, in 2010.
Johnson has exhibited widely in galleries and museums across the world and undertaken commissions for the Royal Institute of British Architects, the British Museum and National Museums Liverpool as well as for IBM, HSBC, JP Morgan, British Steel, Hong Kong Telecommunications and many others. Johnson's first painting retrospective has held at Southampton City Art Gallery in 2015.
Johnson’s work is included in the permanent collections of museums worldwide, including the Victoria and Albert Museum, London; Contemporary Arts Society, London; British Museum, London; Boymans-van Beuningen Museum, Rotterdam; Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris; the Museum of Modern Art, New York and the Regional Services Museum, Hong Kong.
Ben Johnson lives and works in London.