Photo: Alexander Johnson in Hove, South East

Alexander Johnson


1963: Chichester, West Sussex. 1980-82: Foundation, West Sussex College of Design. 1982-85: BA (Hons) Fine Art, South Glamorgan IHE Cardiff. I studied Art for two years at foundation level at West Sussex College of Design, going on to complete a degree in Fine Art at Cardiff Art College. I've spent periods of my life living in Barcelona and Holland and now work in Hove, East Sussex. I take information which is in danger of being forgotten and recycle it for a new audience. This process first began when working from reconnaissance photos taken by my father in WW2 over Europe and North Africa from a Spitfire. I used the greys of the original monochrome photographs coruscated with areas of bright colour from my own cultural interests. The images I'm making now still reference the reconnaissance pictures and can often have a map-like quality. My work was figurative for a long time before moving into abstraction and contains the memory of those years. I am aiming for work that has an initial impact, followed by a quieter sonority that grows as you spend time with the piece. It's difficult to judge which paintings capture the energy I want and it's only by spending time with a completed painting that I know whether it will survive - I destroy as much work as I make. read full statement

Location Hove, South East
Activities Public art, Private commissions
Artforms Painting, Printmaking, Sculpture
Tags alexander johnson art artist abstract bronze painting

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  • November 3 - 16, 2014: Gallery 40, 40 Gloucester Road, North Laine, Brighton BN1 4AQ

    Solo exhibition of new paintings and work on paper.


    Four weekends in May, open Saturday + Sunday from 11.30 - 17.30, meet the artist, buy the work, credit cards accepted. Independent venue #6 at


    24/10/2013 – 27/10/2013
    AAF Battersea Park

    AAF Battersea 2013 Oct 24-27, Stand G1 with Modern ArtBuyer exhibiting fifteen new oils on canvas and a new bronze sculpture of PILOT.

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