Exhibitions

Heather Johnston

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Artist Statement

My art is inspired by the beauty of the natural world and the mysteries of life. My images are a collection of photographs fused together through time and draw from diverse influences. I am inspired by the Surrealists view of the world, one of a compilation of disparate thoughts and dreams and seemingly unrelated images. Historical references include 13th century religious works of Madonnas and Angels and Saints, the Dutch Vanitas paintings, 18th century Botanical illustrations and by the dark searching hand of Goya’s paintings and etchings. More contemporary influences include Luis Gonzales Palma.“Through the image is sustained an awareness of the infinite: the eternal with the finite, the spiritual within matter, the limitless given form... the goal for all art is to explain to the artist himself and to those around him what man lives for, what is the meaning of his existence.”Andrei Tarkovsky

Vancouver Collection:This body of work began as an exploration into the city of my birth. I have a romantic view of Vancouver which is coloured by my parents stories from their ‘youth’. They met during World War II and began their relationship in Vancouver. During the war, my mom worked on Catalina Airplanes and after the war worked in various jobs including as a housekeeper at the Hotel Vancouver. My Father and his parents lived on Cornwall in the heart of Kitsilano, he went to school at UBC while my Mother worked to support them. They frequented Granville Street, the Sylvia Hotel and walked in Stanley Park. The imagery is created to reflect Vancouver’s soul, which includes it’s history and ‘lived-in’ feeling. I want the images to have character and body, to show the city in all it’s glory.

Biography

Heather Johnston is a full time artist/photographer and works out of her home studio in North Vancouver, B.C. Heather has a master’s degree in Photography from the Royal College of Art, (RCA) London, UK. She has been featured in the London Times for her Madonna and Child series, has lectured on photography at Plymouth University and has completed various projects, including a Madonna image of the English National Opera diva Lesley Garratt. She has been commissioned for magazine and CD covers as well as private portrait work.Heather Johnston is a full time artist/photographer and works out of her home studio in North Vancouver, B.C. Heather has a master’s degree in Photography from the Royal College of Art, (RCA) London, UK. She has been featured in the London Times for her Madonna and Child series, has lectured on photography at Plymouth University and has completed various projects, including a Madonna image of the English National Opera diva Lesley Garratt. She has been commissioned for magazine and CD covers as well as private portrait work.

Heather’s works with photography, digital montage, drawing, painting and printmaking. Her work is diverse but some themes are constant - beauty, memory,, history.Heather’s work can be purchased at Empire of Dirt in Squamish, Parliament Interiors in Gastown, Kizmit Gift Gallery in Fort Langley, The Vancouver Art Gallery Sales & Rentals, Pizazz in Edgemont Village, Seymour Art Gallery, in Deep Cove, Whistler Audain Museum, Home Lounge Interiors in Port Moody, Quest Galleries in Banff and Lake Louise and Stock Home Design in Kitsilano. Heather’s licensed images include Blossom Canvas Prints which are available in IKEA stores worldwide.www.

 

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