The Inner Eye

William Johnstone

30 Sep 2020 - 24 Oct 2020

In his studio at the family farm near Selkirk, William Johnstone made hundreds of wash drawings chiefly employing a broad brush and colour limited to sepia and black. For Johnstone these later works are the culmination of a lifetime of looking and distillation of the subject. Together they represent an extraordinary body of work, a commitment to his own inner eye as well as the landscape which surrounded him, the low hills, copses, watery sun and sharp profiles of buildings and dykes. Most are upright in format, made on a good arches paper in imperial scale, 30 x 22 inches. They have an oriental presence, very few western artists having the complete mastery of the gesture, and are at once decorative and profound. Each seeks an essential truth and together they form an exploration of time and space, landscape and the artist’s inner vision.


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