Café Art – Philip Johnson

Staffordshire born artist Philip Johnson enjoyed drawing and painting anything and everything from a very young age.

He studied illustration and portraiture at The Birmingham College of Art and later worked as an illustrator for The Open University.

However he soon discovered that producing artwork every day, where time was an ever present factor, it eventually became a chore and he ultimately stopped drawing and painting for pleasure.

Philip eventually decided to leave the art world and spent 18 years bringing up his young family and running his own business working in the building trade.

At the age of 40 he sold his business and studied for a Bachelor of Education Degree at the MMU.

Subsequently he took up teaching and taught in Stafford for 16 years. Following a move to Cheshire he taught part time in the Crewe area for a further 7 years.

Now retired and after a 40 year break from his artwork, Philip finally feels able to devote quality time to developing his painting and drawing skills once again.

Philip still draws and paints anything and everything but feels that the human face is often especially alluring. His work is heavily influenced by his experience as an illustrator and he often listens to classical music while drawing or painting at home in his studio.

He works in many different media, from pencils and pastels to oils and acrylics. However his choice of media is primarily dictated by the image he is creating. As he sees them all as an extension of drawing swapping between them is not a big issue.

However Philip says that if he had to choose one medium it would probably be pencil because when working in monochrome he can concentrate entirely on the tonal quality of his work.

Website: http://www.realistportraits.com

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