JOHNSON, Keith A

1931 - ?

Keith Johnson

Born at South Pickenham, Swaffham, Norfolk in 1931, son of James Arthur Johnson (9 February 1895-1982), a farmer, and his wife Florence May née Wiles (9 May 1900-1996), who married in the Freebridge Lynn district of Norfolk in 1927 and in 1939 were living at Manor Farm, Tottenhill, Downham, Norfolk. Keith spent his time during his youth in the villages of South Pickenham, Tottenhill and Hindolveston, Norfolk. He painted from an early age and after attending Fakenham Grammar School, he attended Norwich School of Art from 1946, where apart from general studies, he specialised in fabric design which heightened his colour awareness and composition sense. His studies were interrupted by National Service in the RAF and went for teacher training at Liverpool School of Art from where he obtained a National Diploma in Design & an Art Teachers Diploma also studying various printing methods and Art History attached to Liverpool University. Keith returned to Norwich School of Art for more studies, including life classes and portrait painting and from 1951 went to Lowestoft Art School to lecture in Design classes and teach fabric design, including weaving and whilst at Lowestoft he met fellow lecturers, Tom Hudson, Jefferey Camp, Victor Pasmore and visiting artists. Keith was experimenting with more modern styles of work under their influence and example. He also taught at other secondary schools followed by teacher exchange in Canada returning to teach in Norwich. Keith worked in both oils and watercolour and, although best known locally for his topographical watercolours, has always had a keen interest in more formal oil studies. A long time member and exhibitor at the Norfolk & Norwich Art Circle from 1966 from Framingham Earl and Sprowston, Norfolk, and his work has been exhibited in the national shows in London at the Royal Academy; Royal Institute of Painters in Water Colours; Royal Society of British Artists; Royal Institute of Oil Painters; New English Art Club and elsewhere. He married in 1960 Pauline Hurrell and Keith and his wife ran a very successful greetings cards and prints business for 10 years, featuring reproductions of Keith’s original watercolours, a business they sold when Keith, who had retired early from teaching, returned full time painting.








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