Andrew Johnstone (b.1986)


Andrew has a unique drawing style which is instantly recognisable in everything he creates. He has reoccurring themes of transport throughout his work and often works in hand stitch to create 2D 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 speci c reference to 80s and 90s television shows and idents.


Andrew’s passion for drawing was nurtured from a very young age by all the family and especially, his mum Joan, who spotted his talent in drawings made of puppets when he was 8. Drawing was also very important as it was a means by which his family communicated with Andrew; involving them drawing people or places that they were going to visit etc. Andrew was taught to sew by his mum when he was only 3 or 4 years old.


Recent Exhibitions:




Other Transmissions: Conversations with Outsider Art, the Whitworth, 14 February – 17 June 2020



Conversations Series II: ‘Other Transmissions’, touring project led by Venture Arts, in partnership with Castlefield Gallery and the Whitworth, 2018


‘Other Transmissions’ Tour:

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


Radical Craft: Alternative Ways of Making, National touring Exhibition by Craftspace & Outside In 2016-2017 – Current


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