Graham Johnston’s exhibitions will showcase his recent figurative works with oil paintings, acrylic paintings, drawings and relief sculpture. A background in theatre and TV set design have given him the knowledge to explore how spaces are represented in a 2D pictures as well as developing in him an interest in the poetic power of the figure in the space.
Landscape and interior spaces are a continuous theme within the work. Exploring these gives rise to a recognition of analogous forms and provokes an emotional response in the viewer. For Graham his artwork is a sensory engagement with his environment, both physical and intellectual. He is fascinated by neurological research which observes that artists switch off the autobiographical and judgement centres of their brain while creating work. This means to him that art facilitates a primal connection to the world and that aspects of this are revealed in work and recognized by viewers.
Graham Johnston graduated from Gray’s School of Art, Aberdeen, Scotland in 1982