David Johnstone


David Johnstone


Artist's Statement Words and pictures do not always serve each other well, though both share their origins in a preconscious, vague awareness of something which wants to find its voice. The process of painting or writing seems to involve the renunciation of all sorts of pretty already seens in the search for a distinctive thing whose vice, Gerard Manley Hopkins, admitted 'is to become queer'. My pictures are my celebration of the beatitudes of conscious, striving life.


1965-66Hornsey College of Art
1966-69Bath Academy of Art
1969-70Brighton College of Art

Sister Wendy Beckett on 'The Suitcase', which opens up into a world of my memories, momentos and thoughts:

"May many see this lovely thing which both heals and reveals."

Exhibition History

Angela FLowers Gallery 'Small is Beautiful'
Coracle Press Miniatures, Kettles Yard, Cambridge and Sheffield
Victoria & Albert Museum 'Open & Closed Book'
6th British International Print Biennale
Peterloo Gallery, Manchester
LYC Museum & Art Gallery
Pendle Heritage Centre 'Cosmic Flowers'
Response to Eden, Exeter Phoenix & Eden Project