Neil Johnson was born in Melton Mowbray, Leicestershire. After a long association with Wales during his early years, he first lived in Borth during the nineteen seventies. Later, Neil spent a great deal of time climbing, mountaineering and exploring the Welsh landscape.
He trained at the now Manchester Metropolitan University, where he later returned as a visiting lecturer. For thirty years he enjoyed a highly successful career teaching Art and Design in South Manchester, while continuing to produce his own work. In 2007 he returned to Borth in order to devote more of his time to developing his own work and ideas. He has had work in solo shows and joint shows in galleries throughout England and Wales, including a solo show at the Museum of Modern Art Wales.
Neil is a member of the Royal Watercolour Society of Wales and has work in private collections in the UK, Australia, USA, Canada, Germany, Portugal, Denmark, Norway, Greece, New Zealand and South Africa.
‘I am interested in how we perceive our surroundings; how we process, store and recall images, monocular and binocular, and the emotional responses that this may bring about.
Influences include the passage of time and its effects, either natural or manmade. Imagery ranges from Celtic symbolism and relics, through ley lines and the water cycle, to more modern themes such as mining, alternative energy generation and contemporary architecture.
The resulting work tells of a connection from the past to the future, linking human lives with nature. It is more about essence than an accurate and singular portrayal of place.’