Andrew’s drawing style is instantly recognisable in everything he creates. Recurring themes in his work include transport, animals, TV and film. He often translates his unique style to hand-stitch, creating intricate textile illustrations.
Andrew Johnstone works in a careful, precise and deliberate way – a style that shines through in any medium he chooses. He has taken to textiles, ceramics, printing and drawn media, often-depicting animals, transport and self-portraits, with a specific reference to 80s and 90s television shows and idents.
Andrew’s passion for drawing was nurtured from a very young age by his family and especially his mum Joan, who spotted his talent when he was eight. Drawing was also very important as it was a means by which the family communicated with Andrew, for example by depicting people or places that they were going to visit.
Manchester Histories DigiFest, September 2020 onwards (this is an online exhibition and can be viewed any time)
Six Speak, National Advocacy Conference, Birmingham, September 2020 onwards (this is an online exhibition and can be viewed any time)
Art | Unlocked | Unearthed, Jennifer Lauren Gallery, May 2020 onwards (this is an online exhibition and can be viewed any time)
Conversations Series II: ‘Other Transmissions’, touring project led by Venture Arts, in partnership with Castlefield Gallery and the Whitworth, 2018-2020
‘Other Transmissions’ Tour:
Conversations with Outsider Art, the Whitworth, 14 February – March 2020 / September-November 2020
TATE Exchange Event, TATE Liverpool, 20-24 March, 2019
Artlink, Hull, 29 March – 21 June, 2019
Paradise Works, 28 June, 2019
The University of Salford, New Adelphi Building, 1-31 October, 2019
PERSPECTIVES, Greater Manchester, October 2018- February 2019
MADE, Venture Arts Studio Show, People’s History Museum, Manchester 2015
The Art of Nature, Venture Arts Studio Show, The Lowry, Salford Quays 2014
Articulate, Venture Arts Studio Show, The Lowry, Salford Quays 2013