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Mark Johnston  Brighton, UK


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Mark Johnston is a British painter who works within the tradition that has flourished with vigour in England, from the Norfolk school through Turner to the St. Ives School, notably Peter Lanyon.

Influences from abroad include Rembrant and Whistler, with their masterly use of light and atmospheric qualities, as well as more recent painters such as Cy Twombly , Antoni Tapies, and Anselm Kiefer, with their alchemy and freedom . Johnston also pays respect to 1950s’ abstract expressionists, and in particular Franz Klein.

Johnston describes his process as the build up of layers of sediment. Landscapes are his starting point, but from here on out he reacts instinctively to keep the work alive, keeping a clear mind about what he wants the paint to do and what the paint does itself. ‘The end is not planned until the painting has a mystique and soul of its own,’ he says.

Most recently, his work has been exhibited at Fairfax Gallery in London and Gallerina in Darlington.

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Fairfax Gallery
23 The Pantiles
Kent, UK
37 Duke St.
Darlington, UK
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03.21.2011 @ 11:46 AM

so mesmerizing!so beautiful


02.09.2011 @ 9:38 PM

modern. art.


02.09.2011 @ 8:30 AM

wow. I'm lost. I have no idea what Im looking at. I'm so lost that I find it interesting. I like it.

Walter jackso

02.09.2011 @ 12:08 AM



02.08.2011 @ 11:41 PM

I like these paintings, they have great feeling! Nice work with depth.


02.08.2011 @ 11:36 PM

I absolutely love it. Not many people can respect real art. It reminds me of rain. I love rain. :)


02.08.2011 @ 10:45 PM

Pretty colors, but what is it and why? I detect motion but little emotion.


02.08.2011 @ 10:43 PM

I like this one. Went to see what is said about Mark Johnston: and I believe he says it best
in the last paragraph. I do not care for the
chi-chi historical critiques that always reference. As social beings we are always referring to one thing or another. Again, the
artist says it best. he needs no permission, requires no catalouging, it is work that speaks for itself, it is enough to be and to do.


02.08.2011 @ 10:19 PM

I can't look away

Jean doran

02.08.2011 @ 9:58 PM


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