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John Johnstone

Artist Biography

John was born in Forfar in 1941. He studied at Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art 1959-64 and was highly commended

He studied at Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art 1959-64 and was highly commended. He received a major travelling scholarship to visit European capitals and was a part-time lecturer at Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art for many years.



John has works in numerous public and private collections at home and aboard including HRH the Duke of Edinburgh, Carnegie Trust’s Art Collection, Angus Council Collection, Dundee City Collection, The McManus Galleries Collection and Fife Council Museums West Collection.


Selected Exhibitions 

Selected Exhibitions

1966/67 The Alwin Gallery, London

1967      The Contemporary Jamaican Artist Association

1974       Mcmanus Galleries, Dundee (Six Dundee Painters)

1991       The Seagate Gallery, Dundee

1996        William Hardie, Ltd (Glasgow Art Fair)

2002        Kingston, Jamaica

2002        The Queens Gallery, Dundee

2003        Won First Prize in Angus Council’s Summer Salon Exhibition

2005        Albermarle Gallery, London. “What is Realism?” An exhibition curated by Edward Lucie-Smith

2005        Colours Gallery, Edinburgh

2006        Albermarle Gallery, London. Winter Salon

2008        Albermarle Gallery, London. Two person exhibition.

2009        Albermarle Gallery, London. “Fantastic Worlds”

2011        Albermarle Gallery, London. Summer Collection

2015        Kinblethmont Gallery.  “55 Years of Painting”

2016        Compass Gallery, Glasgow. Solo Show

2017        Meffan Gallery, Forfar.  Retrospective Exhibition


Group and mixed exhibitions have included the Portal Gallery, London during the mid 1980’s, the Compass Gallery and Roger Billcliffe Fine Art Academy, Glasgow.  Over the years he had exhibited regularly at the Royal Scottish Academy and the Scottish Society of Artists of which he is a member.  He is also a member of Visual Arts Scotland.