Welcome to my online gallery of original art and prints. Here you can view or purchase featured pieces from my most recent collections, along with a range of my earlier work.
My name is Robert Johnson, I am a Kings Heath based artist and illustrator. I grew up in Birmingham UK and studied Fine Art printmaking at Birmingham University. I work across a broad range of mediums including painting, sculpture and print.
I have launched my online gallery and store to provide the opportunity for people to enjoy and purchase my work.
Memory, perception and identity continue to be my key ingredient of inspiration. Frequently exploring new destinations, my art is a continual study, sharing experiences in the shifting landscapes of our lives. Part autobiographical, and part fiction.
To learn more, click the about tab above.
My abstract work is pure experimentation with ideas, materials and texture. Although I begin with a seed of an idea I intuitively add colour, shape and form until the idea develops. I use many layers in my work, painting over certain parts and then sanding others, not only does it add interesting textures but also enlightening depths and glimpses of vague shapes and shades beneath the overlaying mixes of colour.
Combining painting and print my illustrations often have a dark edge, depicting strange figures and scenes. Many are based on overheard conversations, people I meet or autobiographical.
Scouring the streets of Birmingham I collect what most people would call junk and use these items to build shadow boxes, each one telling their own unique story. I am currently experimenting with automaton in the hope of making these figures move.
Stirring The Sheets
Was honored to have my work grace the cover of Chad Lutzke's new book "Stirring the sheets." Its a great read, you must check it out!
"We carry our childhood with us" shadowbox
recently won first prize in the "My Marwencol" competition. Marwencol (also known as Village of the Dolls in the UK is a 2010 American documentary film that explores the life and work of artist and photographer Mark Hogancamp.
I am currently writing and illustrating a book on mental health, a selection of prints will soon be available in my store.
Bury me, beneath the blood tree
Mixed Media on Paper
Wonder if one day that you'll say that you care
Nothing is permanent
Mixed Media on Paper
10 3/4″ x 8 1/4″
Connect with me
A lot of my experimental work, mishaps and ramblings that are not included here are regularly put up on my social feeds so please follow and feel free to contact me with any comments ,questions or sales inquiries.
If you find a piece of work on my social feeds that is not in the gallery that you would like, please contact me.