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Mike Johnson

Mike Johnson is essentially a figurative painter. He paints in oils or acrylics on canvas or mdf board. His subject matter usually relates to places where he likes to spend time, especially rural France.  Often his paintings include people.

Mike chooses subjects with strong shapes and contrast between light and shade. He spends almost as much time in selecting and composing subjects as he does in the painting. For Mike, composition is the key creative step in the process.  Although Mike’s work is essentially figurative, he wishes it to develop in a more abstract direction.

He finds inspiration in the work of a number of local Hampshire and  Sussex artists, including Andy Waite, Pippa Blake and the late Peter Iden.

Additionally he is drawn to the work of a number of members of the New English Art Club, particularly Ken Howard and Richard Pikesley.  He tries to absorb as much as possible from books, exhibitions and the media. 

As well as exhibiting with the Portsmouth and Hampshire Art Society, Mike is a participant in the Hayling Island Art Trail, which usually takes place in May each year. In addition, he has exhibited successfully, for the past few years, in a small gallery in the Charente region of France. 

To see more of Mike’s work have a look at his website




Old Bergerac
acrylic on mdf board
12" x 12"
acrylic on mdf board
12" x14"