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Edgeworth Johnstone is a contemporary artist from Muswell Hill, London. He works primarily in oil paint, but has also made hundreds of wood and lino block prints, pencil, pastel and ink drawings, oil transfer drawings, aerosol spray can paintings, and cardboard face masks.

Since his early teens, Johnstone has played guitar and sung in various bands. He began making visual art in 2005, aged 28.

‘Most of my paintings begin with quick, fairly abstract marks which gradually become more figurative. I nearly always work from imagination with no visual reference, preparatory sketches or underpainting. A painting can take from a few minutes to a couple of hours. Four artists standout as my major influences: Picasso, Klee, Miro and Cezanne. I’m also influenced by German Expressionism, particularly Kirchner and Heckel. My main contemporary influences are Shelley Li, Emma Pugmire, Billy Childish, Huddie Hamper, Harry Adams, Neo Heart, Ron Throop, Black Francis, Elsa Dax, Philip Absolon and Charles Thomson, all of which I’ve been fortunate enough to work with.’

Johnstone works every day in his home studio. However, on Monday’s he travels to Chatham Dockyard in Kent, where he and Billy Childish make collaborative paintings together under the pseudonym Heckel’s Horse. Johnstone makes his own versions of these paintings at home under the pseudonym Heckel’s Horse Jr.

Johnstone has received no formal training and is yet to be represented by an agent or gallery. Five of his drawings were exhibited in Exhibition #2 at Tate Modern. His collaborations with Childish have been shown at Pushkin House. He sells his Heckel’s Horse Jr. work on Etsy.

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