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Steve Johnston

Contemporary Scottish artist Steve Johnston creates powerful pieces, placing small characters against vast, open scenes, whilst leaving the details open to interpretation.


In my work I'm always drawn to figures that make a great 'shape', how they're standing or what they're doing comes after that, it's the graphic shape that grabs my interest.

Certain images can for me 'unlock' powerful feelings separate to what the content of the picture is. I try to make paintings that take me somewhere but not somewhere specific, just as I don't want my figures to be of anyone in particular I don't want the location to be real either.


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