Award winning artist Stephen Johnston was born in County Down in 1987 and graduated from the University of Ulster with a first class honours in Fine and Applied Art. Johnstonís work explores the relationship between our humanity, changing culture, and the link between them.
Johnston places realistic figures and ordinary objects in unusual contexts, giving new meanings to familiar things while challenging observersí perceptions of reality. His quirky and thought-provoking work is closely related to surrealism and is inspired by Belgian artists Renť Magritte and MichaŽl Borremans, along with photo-realist artist Denis Peterson.
Since graduating, Johnstonís work has been selected for display at the Saatchi Gallery in London, RHA Dublin and RUA Belfast. He has won a number of awards including the Diageo Emerging Artist Award in 2010, the Towry Award at the National Open Art Competition in 2012, The DeVeres Award at the RHA in 2012 and the . KPMG best emerging artist at the RUA in 2016 and was shortlisted for the Hennessy Portrait award in 2015 and 2016.
Johnston has gained the reputation as one of Irelandís most promising young artists and his work can be found in many corporate and private collections throughout the world including Ireland, UK, France, US, Asia and Australia.
ďMy work has been particularly inspired by the classic and modern surrealists and from observation of everyday life and objects, such as films, nature, books and stories. I aim to engage the viewer with drama, intrigue and humour.Ē