Edgeworth Johnstone is a contemporary artist from Muswell Hill, London. He makes oil paintings, block prints, drawings and aerosol art.
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, abstract marks that gradually become 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. My favourite artists of the past are Picasso, Klee, Miro, Haring, Basquiat, Cezanne, Kirchner and Heckel. My favourite of the present 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 alias Heckel’s Horse. Johnstone makes his own versions of these paintings at home under the alias Heckel’s Horse Jr.
Johnstone has not received formal training. Five of his drawings were exhibited in Exhibition #2 at Tate Modern. His collaborations with Childish have been shown at Pushkin House.
Edgeworth Johnstone is represented by IP Arts.