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William Johnstone

OBE
1897-1981

Black and Red IV, c.1975

ink on paper
H:76cm W:56cm
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Border Hills, c.1950

ink on paper
H:17.5cm W:27cm
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Autumn Harvest, 1953

oil on canvas
H:45.5cm W:55.5cm
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Autumn Garden, 1971

oil on canvas
H:25.5cm W:35.5cm
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Farmhouse Cats, c.1975

ink on paper
H:76cm W:56cm
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Volcanic Landscape Form, c.1975

ink on paper
H:16.5cm W:24cm
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Border Landscape, 1960

watercolour and ink on paper
H:17cm W:24cm
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Untitled 4

ink on paper
H:76cm W:56cm
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Untitled 1

ink on paper
H:76cm W:56cm
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Untitled 2

ink on paper
H:76cm W:56cm
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Untitled 15, c.1975

ink on paper
H:77cm W:57.5cm
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Untitled, Red, Black Grey, 1975

ink brush drawing
H:77cm W:57cm
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Blue Lagoon, 1976

oil on canvas
H:83cm W:96cm
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Portrait of Hope Scott, 1975

oil on canvas
H:76.5cm W:63.5cm
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Self Portrait, 1978

oil on canvas
H:76cm W:63cm
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Composition, c.1936

scraperboard
H:19.4cm W:14.3cm
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Countryside in Wartime – Broomhill, 1923

oil on board
H:73.7cm W:63.5cm
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Abstract II

ink on paper
H:56cm W:76cm
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Ink Study with Purple

ink and watercolour
H:17.5cm W:12cm
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Abstract I, c.1975

ink drawing
H:76cm W:51cm
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William Johnstone

OBE
Born: 1897
Place of Birth: Denholm
Died: 1981

William Johnstone, born the son of a farmer in the Scottish Borders, was at the forefront of British art world throughout the twentieth century. He became one of the first British artists to break with representation and paint purely abstract pictures; he also had evolutionary impact on art education. He was Principal at Camberwell College of Art from 1938- 1946 and then Principal at Central School of Arts and Crafts from 1947 to 1960. He developed the Basic Design course which stemmed from the Bauhaus and his instinct to defy convention and his eye for talented staff made Central a tour de force. Alan Davie, Anton Ehrenzweig, Patrick Heron, Earl Haig, John Minton, Eduardo Paolozzi, Victor Pasmore, Gordon Baldwin, William Turnbull all worked for him – which made for an explosive, creative mixture of artistic personalities. He received an OBE for his contribution to art education in 1954 then returned home to the Borders in 1960 to concentrate on painting and return to farming.


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