Andrew Johnstone (b.1986)


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.

Artist Biography

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.




Completely A Hustling Place, Manchester Central Library, 2021.


Cordially Invited IV, make Studio

Manchester Histories DigiFest, online, 2020.


Six Speak, National Advocacy Conference, Birmingham, online, 2020.


Art | Unlocked | Unearthed, Jennifer Lauren Gallery, online, 2020.


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, 2020.

TATE Exchange Event, TATE Liverpool, 2019.

Artlink, Hull, 2019.

Paradise Works, 2019.

The University of Salford, New Adelphi Building, 2019.


PERSPECTIVES, Greater Manchester, 2018.


Radical Craft: Alternative Ways of Making, National touring Exhibition by Craftspace & Outside In 2016.


MADE, Venture Arts Studio Show, People’s History Museum, 2015.


The Art of Nature, Venture Arts Studio Show, The Lowry, 2014.


Articulate, Venture Arts Studio Show, The Lowry, 2013.