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Travelling with Johnman

March 7, 2014
Asja Nastasijevic is an Art Historian with the major in Modern Art. She's involved in art writing and criticism for several years now. Art is her passion and writing about it is both work and pleasure. Among modern art movements she loves Fauvism, Abstract Expressionism, and POP ART and her favorite artists are Henri Matisse, Mark Rothko and Andy Warhol. She fell in love with Street Art when she first saw ROA’s Sleepy Pigs in Brussels few years ago. Since then, she devotedly explores this form of artistic expression. She hates when someone asks her whether the street art is a real art. What makes any art a real art? Art is an evolutionary act with constant changes in its performance. In Asja’s opinion, the real art is what you want to hang on the walls of your living room, as simple as that. So she wants to hang the works of Ron English, Gaia and ROA above her TV cabinet or to place the artworks of Mark Jenkins and Isaac Cordal next to her sofa. She enjoys bowling and doodling.

One of the galleries at the forefront of the street art movement, the Graffik Gallery in London, will be hosting the debut solo show for the street artist Johnman. Like many urban artists, little is known of his or her true identity. The only thing we know for certain is that this artist is a self-proclaimed romantic. The small limited edition of paintings, unique works alongside some humorous and colorful canvas pieces, will be displayed from March 20 – 27. Pay attention, you only have a week to experience a romantic journey guided by mysterious Johnman.

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Johnman – Platform 2

Graffiti Roots

As the exhibition’s title “Platform 2” suggests, the artist was inspired by railway stations or even more by Graffiti’s roots with the painting of trains. Johnman’s work features scenes of railway stations painted on old train tickets (and other media), which he hand finishes with acrylic ink; a style which suits his nomadic lifestyle. His delicate beautifully framed stencil works depict moments in time. When it comes to the gallery, Johnman’s images are more likely to be found on the back of the canvases than the front, as he prefers to explore the complexities of multiple layers and colors with his studio stencil work.

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Johnman – Platform 2

Art Anonymous Crew

Part of the Devonshire based Arts Anonymous crew; Johnman emerged from the urban art crowd at a time when he felt other stencil artists seemed obsessed with painting as large as possible, with as many layers as possible. Johnman’s street art pieces are small and subtly placed. One of his painted pebbles from Brixham beach can be found in the London Underground, tagged with his adopted mantra “the best things in life aren’t things”.

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About Graffik Gallery

Graffik Gallery is a contemporary art gallery in the heart of Notting Hill, exhibiting the best international urban artists such as Banksy, Mr Brainwash, D*Face, Tee Wat, The Dotmasters, Trust. iCON, Obey, Binty Bint, Alec Monopoly, Robin Coleman, Skyler Grey & Stik to name but a few. The legendary gallery and graffiti garden hosts a extensive range of different events including weekly graffiti workshops for the general public & corporate graffiti events, private parties, product launches, hen & stag do’s and video shoots for the music, TV and the film industry. Graffik gallery has built a reputation for launching new artists to breathtaking new heights and as such has exclusivity for large scale projects and commission work.