Walt Johnston

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      Simply put, Walt Johnston is a contemporary realist. He looks at everything in the most modern way, sees the underlying abstract form, then brings that vision to a stunning reality as a painting using the most ancient means. The result is always the same, a picture so complete it is often mistaken for a photograph!

      Walt was born in Washington DC in 1932. The son of a successful architect, he learned to draw at a very early age, drawing not just to describe an object or a place or a person but to find the truth of the work. That search for the truth is a journey of exploration that ends (or begins) with a thorough report in the form of a painting. Thus his work retains a poignant, linear quality very much in the tradition of Homer, Hopper and Wyeth.

      During World War 2 the family was moved to Illinois, where Walt studied at the Chicago Art Institute and was earning national recognition as early as 1948. Later he studied and taught with Eliot OHara NA, the famous watercolorist.

      His work has always been shown in the best galleries, and can be found in a satisfying number of museums and hundreds private collections world wide.