All throughout his school career Harry was captain of nearly every team he played for in any sport. Rugby, swimming, athletics, shooting and basketball.
At high school he was elected prefect and was awarded a school honours blazer. Received school colours for most sports and provincial colours for some. Some of his school records are still standing.
At university he became Provincial and SAU boxing champion and captain of the university boxing club. Received university honours colours. Elected Phys Ed department representative on student council. Played premier league rugby and played basketball and soccer for Phys Ed department.
Provincial coach for modern biathlon, while member of the senior men’s team. Also took part in mountain climbing, hang-gliding and power-lifting.
Harry obtained a degree in physical education from the University of Pretoria. Also did further studies in Physiology.
Registered the Johnson Institute for physical fitness and health and published numerous papers.
Designed a personal training course, the first of it’s kind in South Africa and gave classes at the Technikon of Pretoria.
Harry owned one of the largest gyms in South Africa with 25 000 members. He designed and built all his own equipment, and later even supplied the military with complete gyms for each unit. He still takes part in Masters athletics and Swimming, and soon will take up power lifting again.
There is no doubt Harry is one of the fittest 60 year olds in the world. He now also coaches professional boxing and trains and spars with his boxers.
He has been a phys ed teacher, sports shop owner, printing business owner, gym equipment manufacturer, sports club & gym owner and on his 40th birthday he became a sculptor, as a result of a promise to his mother on her deathbed.
Harry is known as the fastest sculptor in the world and can sculpt a portrait bust in a matter of hours. His work sells for record prices and is collected all over the world. Owning an original by Harry Johnson has proven to be a very good investment. Harry accepts commissions as that is the test of a true artist, to be able to produce work of integrity while taking direction from a client.
Harry’s work has been recognised to be of such high standard from day one, that nearly all that he has produced has been on commission.
When Harry started sculpting he decided to do a self-imposed ten year apprenticeship. The plan was to learn the trade and see how far he can get without a gallery or agent. By doing more work than any other SA sculptor proved a number of points. Hard work is rewarded, and good work will be recognized by most without the opinion of a critic. Too many artists want fame overnight without paying their dues. Picasso painted 30 000 paintings in his lifetime, and sadly you still find many so called art experts who believe an artist should paint one or two pieces a year.
Harry has paid his dues and today is regarded as a master of his trade, and a world leader in portraiture, especially sports art.