Title: The Artist Medium: oil Size: 90cm x 90cm

Stephen Johnston – Anniversary Art Exhibition

Artists Statement.

Johnston’s work explores the relationship between everyday objects and the figure.
He does this by juxtaposing the figure, inanimate objects and different surrounding contexts. Johnston’s body of work is a continual experimentation of this concept, putting the focus back onto things that might ordinarily have been overlooked. The quirky manner in which He pulls and twists narratives highlights the realistic nature of his work.
Recently Johnston has been experimenting with contemporary still lives. Or as he has dubbed ‘moving deaths’.
Fruit slowly decaying in the coffin-esk entrapment of glass jars, a burnt bottle, shrivelled up lying horizontally. The reality of the metaphor that Johnston presents hits home all the more with the realistic nature of his work.

Bio
Born 1987 Co.Antrim.
Lives and works in Lisburn Northern Ireland
Graduated in 2010.
Full time Artist.

Exhibitions and Shows

RHA 185th Annual Exhibition
Gallagher Gallery
Royal Hibernian Academy.
Dublin
Jun 2015

36th Brisbane Rotary Art Spectacular
Australia
May 2015

Perceptions- Solo Exhibition
LethBridge Gallery
Australia
Nov 2014

133rd RUA Annual Exhibition
Ulster Museum
Royal Ulster Academy of Arts.
Oct 2014

RHA 184th Annual Exhibition
Gallagher Gallery
Royal Hibernian Academy.
Dublin
Jun 2014

Tommy Bowe Series
The Merchant Hotel
Gormleys Fine Art.
www.gormleys.ie/searchresults
.asp?ArtistID=1043
Jan 2014

132nd RUA Annual Exhibition
Ulster Museum
Royal Ulster Academy of Arts.
Oct 2013

RHA 183nd Annual Exhibition
Gallagher Gallery
Royal Hibernian Academy.
Dublin
Jun 2013

LethBridge 10000 Art Award Exhibition
LethBridge Gallery
Australia
Work -Highly Commended.
Jun 2013

London International Creative Competition.
LICC.2012 -London
Work Shortlisted
www.licc.us/winners/shortlist.php
Dec 2012

131st RUA Annual Exhibition
Ulster Museum
Royal Ulster Academy of Arts.
Oct 2012

The National Open Art Competition 2012
The Prince’s Foundation Gallery.
London
Oct 2012

RHA 182nd Annual Exhibition
Gallagher Gallery
Royal Hibernian Academy.
Dublin
Oct 2012

Solo Show – Perceptions
Art Tank. Belfast
May 2012

130th RUA Annual Exhibition
Ulster Museum
Royal Ulster Academy of Arts.
Dec 2011

RUA – Art Aid Exhibition
Ormeau Baths Gallery
Oct 2011

Saatchi ArtParis
Art Paris at le Grand Palais
May 2011

Waterfront Christmas Exhibition
Waterfront
Mar 2011

Open University
Public Collection
Dec 2010

Saatchi Gallery
Art of Nurture.
May 2010

Manchester Art Gallery
Art of Nurture.
Apr 2010

Manchester Art Gallery
Art of Nurture.
Mar 2010

Awards
TOWRY Award for Best from Northern Ireland
The National Open Art Competition 2012
Sep 2012

The De Veres Art Award- For work of Distinction
RHA 182nd Annual Exhibition
May 2012

Diageo Award: Emerging Artist Award
01 Jun 2010

Carson McDowel Award
Jun 2010

Art of Nurture National Finals
Saatchi Gallery. 2010
Jan 2010

Art of Nurture Regional Winner
Manchester Art Gallery. 2010
May 2012

Education
BA (Hons) Fine and Applied Art
2007-2010. University of Ulster.
01 Sep 2007

Diploma in Foundation Studies (In Art and Design)
2005-2006. University of Ulster.
01 Sep 2010

Galleries
Gormlesy Fine Art – Dublin
Lethbridge Gallery – Brisbane, Australia
ColorField Gallery – Paris

Title:The Artist Medium: oil Size:90cm x 90cm
Title: The Artist
Medium: oil
Size: 90cm x 90cm
Title:Burnt Bottle Medium: oil Size:102cm x 76cm
Title: Burnt Bottle
Medium: oil
Size: 102cm x 76cm
Title:Banana in Jar Medium: oil Size:102cm x 76cm
Title: Banana in Jar
Medium: oil
Size: 102cm x 76cm

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