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John Johansen

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  • Artist Statement

    A late comer to painting, John Johansen has been sketching and drawing since childhood but has unfortunately been engaged in the necessities of making a living until taking up watercolour painting in the mid-1980s’ via a WEA course. John was forced to retire from work around the year 2000 because of ill health, and shortly after began painting with the Balmain Art School.

     

    John has had to undertake regular dialysis for renal failure from 2005 before being fortunate enough to have a lifesaving kidney transplant in 2009.

     

    After his major operation John began attending many of the Mitchell College School of Arts, winter and summer schools, held annually at Bathurst’s Charles SturtUniversity where he studied under some of Australia’s leading artists.

     

    John enjoys painting urban and cityscapes around his beloved Balmain locale since then and joined the One+2 Balmain studio in 2012 where he has been active in portraiture and city landscape using acrylics and oils.