Philip Johnson

Newgale towards Rickett's Head
Newgale Beach towards Rickett’s Head. Four colour screen-print on Hannemuhle Paper

As an artist working in the landscape, my enquiry is into the act of mark-making, and how this connects me to a sense of place.

My drawings and prints capture echoes of personal and collective memories. Some of these have faded but still leave traces; some are re-enforced by repetitive action; and some are submerged, and perhaps still accessible.

Superficially very different, the coastal and urban landscapes I record raise the same questions for me. Resilience, transience, memory, post-memory.  What we choose to remember, how we remember; and the reasons why we remember…

What I most want to say is “I was here, I witnessed this.”


Drawings and Prints