Living Colour – Acrylic art exhibition by Simon Johnson at the Citadel
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Living Colour – it a new exhibition by Simon Johnson that has just been opened at the Citadel by the Minister for Gozo Dr Justyne Caruana.
Simon Johnson is a UK contemporary artist now based in Gozo, and is presenting his debut acrylic art exhibition characterising his love of colour and light in everything we see around us.
The artist said that he utilises a brush and palette knife – with an expressive use of colour, to bring to life his subjects on traditional cloth, canvas and wood frames, which are hand-made by himself.Simon explained that his early career was as a songwriter and musician playing piano and guitar. However, after moving to Gozo three years ago he took up an earlier passion from his youth.
As a teenager he studied pencil drawing and ceramics in his hometown of Grimsby, Lincolnshire under the tutelage of his professors Harold Gosney and David Morris, well known local artists.
Simon said that inspired by the beauty of the island and his love for the open waters and natural landscapes, he tried his hand with a new medium of acrylics and began to paint the Maltese marine life and churches and iconic buses and the architecture he admires so much.
He also turned his hand to portraits and animals and often found himself absorbed in animating famous faces.
The Living Colour exhibition he said, is an accumulation of one year’s work inspired by the new surroundings and friends.
Photographs by Alain Salvary