After graduating from art school, Steve Johnston moved to London where he worked as a commercial photographer on a variety of magazines including i-D and Vogue. He returned to painting full-time in 1991, and now lives and works in Cumbria.
Steve’s figurative landscapes have attracted a popular following. They unlock powerful emotions by using an anonymous character (generally a back or side view) in a minimal background.
“My aim is to portray an essence and emotion rather than a well-defined and precise person or location, as I am not interested in set narrative pieces.”