Neil Johnston often uses layering, fragmentation, and multiplicity to investigate the themes of time, memory, and place. “I use painting to explore nearly anything that interests me. All my various bodies of work have been attempts to discover answers, possibilities. I find using painting to pose questions keeps me in a constant state of inquiry - searching, looking. In the end, I hope my paintings connect with others, helping to foster an inquisitive attitude toward our lives, and each other, in the world”
Neil is also a performing musical artist. His work often combines his music and visual art creative process. For him, they are very much intertwined.
In addition to his studio pursuits, Johnston is an Art department faculty member at Century College in White Bear Lake where he teaches, and develops curriculum for Painting, Drawing, and 2D Design classes. He is a past board member of White Bear Center for the Arts, and a member artist of AZ Gallery. He also a facilitates the popular Studio Coffee discussion group, and is a member of musical groups The Tim Malloys, and 13 Howell.
Johnston has a Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree in painting from the College of Visual Arts in Saint Paul, Minnesota, and a Master of Fine Arts Degree in Visual Studies/Painting from the Minneapolis College of Art and Design in Minneapolis, Minnesota.
Neil’s paintings and murals are collected and commissioned, and is part of the corporate collections of Medtronic Inc., Hines International, and Century College.