James Johnson was born and raised in Juneau, AK. He belongs to the Tlingit Ch’áak’ Dakl’aweidi Clan (Eagle Killerwhale). James's great great grandfather was Chief Gusht’eiheen of Angoon, AK. His great grandfather was Chief Jimmy Johnson, and his grandfather was Chief Peter Johnson. Whom he is named after - James Peter Johnson. James’s strong ancestral history led him to purse the Tlingit art form. His late father, Franklin Johnson, first encouraged him to begin carving. James has now dedicated his life to perpetuating the Tlingit art form, honoring his ancestors thru his work.
-Sealaska Heritage Celebration Juried Art Show 2012 - Juneau, Alaska
-Sealaska Heritage Celebration Juried Art Show 2016 - Juneau, Alaska
-Asymbol ”Space Between Mediums” Solo Show 2017 - Jackson Hole, Wyoming
-Sealaska Heritage Celebration Juried Art Show 2018 - Juneau, Alaska
-Museum of Northern Arizona ”Pivot” Art Show 2018 - Flagstaff, Arizona