A retrospective exhibition of paintings, prints, drawings, combines and ceramics by Dulwich-based artist John Jukes Johnson.
Johnson has been processing events both political and personal by combining images ever since creating a strip cartoon, aged eight, whilst living in central London during the Second World War.
A true cosmopolitan, Johnson’s extraordinary career as a teacher and writer took him all over Europe and further afield, before a heart attack in 1996 saw him embark on a second life as a visual artist. This show covers the near quarter century of output since that artistic rebirth and stands as a monument to lifelong learning and a timely rebuke to the impoverished ideology that would characterise those whose primary allegiance is to humanity itself as “citizens of nowhere”. The works on display deploy techniques borrowed from sources as diverse as Robert Rauschenberg, Antoni Tàpies, Henri Matisse, Joseph Cornell and Denzil Forrester, all marshalled in the service of Johnson’s unique and multi-layered vision.
Johnson will be in conversation with curator Jon Sharples at 4pm on Sunday 7 April and will run a workshop on “Printing without a Press” at 7pm on Wednesday 10 April. The exhibition is open from 10-5pm.
The exhibition will be accompanied by a publication with an essay by artist and Director of POSK Gallery, Joanna Ciechanowska.
Image courtesy of John Jukes Johnson and David Owens Photography www.david-owens.co.uk