Caroline Johnson was born during one of the
worst winters on record in Sharoe Green Maternity Hospital,
Preston. Brought up on a post-war housing estate, archived drawings
(aged five) already show a keen eye for detail such as washing
on a line and fluff under a bed. By the age of nine she was
copying photos of the stars from the Radio Times and
had decided to become an artist, feeling that her inherent shyness
precluded a career as an air hostess.
Caroline studied at the Harris Art School
in Preston, a grand neo-Classical building with sweeping steps
leading to Avenham Park and the river. An extra year’s Foundation
Course was spent at the palm-clad Falmouth School of Art. Thence
to London, and a late Sixties ‘Withnailesque’ existence, leading
to a Diploma in Art and Design from the Central College of Art,
studying under such illustrious names as Cecil Collins, Colin
Cina and Paul Huxley. Caroline now divides her time between
Brittany in France and the North West region of England.
Caroline’s work leans towards the urban and
the architectural, yet she’s equally happy with landscape, portrait,
still-life and the nude. Of her recent Manchester cityscapes,
“Lowry’s downcast crowds on
the white pavements had little energy left for the elegance
of the urban or the grace and symmetry of the functional.
It was up to him, the artist to say, look, here is beauty
among the mediocre and the commonplace.
My crayon, my paint seek out the dusty forgotten corners of
the city and its fresh shimmering heights and I give them
life and restore them to you the passer by- the man returning
home from work , the busy shopper and the clubber out for
Ladies and gentlemen, I present the city’s passing parade!
The charm of a humble nettle growing out of the pavement,
creeping shadows, forgotten doorways and broken fences. The
watchful solidity of a gasworks and the resplendence of red
brick , the mystery of parked cars the enigmatic shapes
of the renewed and the newfangled- and the glittering giants
against the steadfast skies.”
Caroline is a tutor for Drawing and Painting
Courses at Chateau l’Age Baston, La Rochefoucauld. Regular workshops
are also held in the artists own studio. She has had numerous
public mural commissions and artworks for Chambers of Trade
in Devon and France.
A recent commission from an Interior Design
Partnership for five artworks of Salford old and new, can be
seen at Pizza Express on Salford Quays. The paintings have been
made into large, sound-absorbant panels. To see more of these paintings and others – click
Caroline shows her work regularly at the
The Colin Jellicoe Gallery, Portland Street, Manchester.
Seegallery, Crawshawbooth, Rossendale, Lancashire.
PAD Gallery, Preston, Lancashire.
Novus Contemporary Art, 230 Burton Road, West Didsbury.
If you are, or know of any local
artists (painters, photographers, potters, sculptors, etc) located
or based in and around Manchester please let us know, and if appropriate,
we’ll try to include them. Contact us directly by email.