Mark Johnston was born in Stockton on Tees in 1974. He studied at Newcastle College of Art 1991, Cumbria College 1992-93 and at Brighton University [BA] from 1993-96.
Brought up on the coast of Hartlepool, this region, its coastline and light are in his bones. Mark Johnston is a 'mark maker', a high energy painter, a technician, these works can be raw, are intuitive, and can be incredibly delicate.
To help celebrate our new location in Darlington Mark recently turned to works in oil and ink on paper, itself a celebration of our relationship with him and his love of the North and its coastline, always in the fore front of his mind.
Mark's paintings are rooted in Landscape, drawing on and reflecting expected influences including Turner together with The Dutch School and the exploration of mood, atmosphere as well as a sense of place.
They are full of forces and gravity, landscapes brought to life.