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Painter, born in Forfar, Angus, who studied at Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art, Dundee, where he was highly commended and later taught for many years. Johnstone won a major travelling scholarship to visit European capitals. He said that his works “seem to be expressing something, either serious or amusing about life. They depict people acting out minor dramas.” He was a professional member of SSA and Scottish Visual Arts and showed regularly with the RSA and SSA. Johnstone’s exhibitions included Alwin Gallery, 1966 and 1967; The Gallery Constant, Kingston, Jamaica, 1967; Six Dundee Painters, McManus Galleries, Dundee, 1974; The Seagate Gallery, Dundee, 1991; William Hardie Ltd, at the Glasgow Art Fair, 1996; The Queens Gallery, Dundee, 2002; and What is Realism?, Albemarle Gallery, 2005.

Text source: 'Artists in Britain Since 1945' by David Buckman (Art Dictionaries Ltd, part of Sansom & Company)

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