Born Llandudno, Wales 1946. Studied Royal College of Art, London. Made Hon. Fellow Royal Institute of British Architects for contribution to the public’s understanding of contemporary architecture. Exhibited nationally and internationally. First UK solo exhibition ICA 1973. Represented by Fischer Fine Art 1973 until their closure in 1992. Works in public and private collections worldwide, including in the UK the Victoria & Albert Museum, British Museum, Government Art Collection, Contemporary Arts Society, Museum of Liverpool, Guildhall Art Gallery, Royal Institute of British Architects, Museum of London.
Commissions include Hong Kong Panorama to mark handover of Hong Kong 1997; set of five paintings for a Peace Foundation commissioned by The Khalili Family Trust; commemorative print for British Museum Development Trust to celebrate opening of Great Court; “The Liverpool Cityscape” for European Capital of Culture 2008 commissioned by National Museums Liverpool. Recent solo exhibitions: “Ben Johnson’s Liverpool Cityscape and the World Panorama Series,” Walker Art Gallery, Liverpool 2008, which attracted 250,000 visitors; Alan Cristea Gallery, Cork Street, London 2010 and, to coincide with major Canaletto exhibition, “Modern Perspectives,” The National Gallery, Trafalgar Square, London, where Johnson completed a painting in public, attracting 73,000 visitors in 6 weeks.