The female characters inhabiting the world of London-based illustrator Miles Johnston appear to be undergoing near perpetual transformation.
Johnston spent the first few years of his early childhood living in Brunei, Borneo, something that he is sure had a major effect on him.
The rest of his school years were in Hampshire, England. After getting involved in art forums as a young teenager, he moved to Sweden to study at the Swedish Academy of Realist Art at the age of 18
The totally different environment gave him the intuition early on that there was no true state as ‘normal; in hindsight he has always been interested in anything that helped to transform his perception of the mundane.
Johnson works primarily in graphite and oils, using the human form as a vehicle to attempt to process the intensity and profound strangeness of the collective human experience.
The distortions and transformations his subjects undergo serve to represent the experience of our internal state during crucial moments in our lives.
It is almost impossible to look at his subjects and not consider what must b going on for them internally, an effect elicited by the emotive poses of Johnston’s figures, in combination with his use of distortion, repetition, division and illusion.
For Johnston, evoking an emotional reaction is key; the relationship between a piece and a viewer is what makes a piece of art complete.
Johnston believes a piece can be technically sound and meticulously rendered, but what brings it to life is how it affects those who see it.
More of Miles Johnston‘s unique and extraordinary art can be found at https://www.milesjohnstonart.com/.