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David Johnstone

Trerethern (i)

Trerethern (i)

Oil on canvas


Artist's Statement Words and pictures do not always serve each other well, though both share their origins in a preconscious, vague awareness of something which wants to find its voice. The process of painting or writing seems to involve the renunciation of all sorts of pretty already seens in the search for a distinctive thing whose vice, Gerard Manley Hopkins, admitted 'is to become queer'. My pictures are my celebration of the beatitudes of conscious, striving life.


1965-66Hornsey College of Art
1966-69Bath Academy of Art
1969-70Brighton College of Art

Sister Wendy Beckett on 'The Suitcase', which opens up into a world of my memories, momentos and thoughts:

"May many see this lovely thing which both heals and reveals."