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Ann Johnson

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After the Storm 2 (detail)


The Forest

Wild Margins

14 February 2022

Fading Marigolds

Garden 2

Garden 1


07597 114616
How would you describe the work you do and why?: 

I draw and paint the natural world finding marks and colours to express the subject. The painting/drawing develops in it's own way, potentially leading to an exciting image that, although several times removed from the original subject, retains its spirit. Drawing is at the core of my work which then develops in different mediums - oil and acrylic paint and collage.

For you what does being an artist mean?: 

Being creative provides the opportunity to think laterally, to take risks and challenge expectations and boundaries. After working full-time as a journalist, largely to briefs and deadlines, I can now do as I please. Art is vital to society, for nourishing our self-expression and our mental well being. We all have different forms of creativity inside us, not least in thinking and how we live our lives; sadly, many people never find a path with which to express this.

Describe what you call yourself/your practice?: 

Paintings, drawings and collage. Studio situated in Trenchard Street, behind Ali Tregaskes

Your practice & activities include e.g workshops, teaching: 

I write about my work and have published a book of my drawings - Wild Margins, Drawings and Inspirations (Amazon). My work has been reproduced in other books and magazines and I have collaborated with poets. I enjoy running occasional workshops for people of all ages and abilities.

CV & Education, relevant & leading to your artistic practice: 

Putney School of Art and Eastbourne School of Art. Open University degree including the terrific 'Art and its Histories' module (Distinction). Lifelong learning has enabled me to take part in many exciting and challenging workshops and courses.

Exhibitions in the last 3 years: 

h.Art 2021; The Loving Earth Project, Quaker Arts Network; The Heart of Art, Artistry Gallery, Ledbury; Seeking Routes, Swarthmore Hall, Cumbria; Coming Up Roses, Artichoke Gallery, Kent; Battersea Affordable Art Fair (Nicholas Bowlby Gallery); Group exhibitions Gallery 68 , Ulverston, Cumbria.

Your gallery outlets/stockists: 

None at present time.

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