Born in South Wales, UK Steffan Johnson has had a constant instinct to draw and paint. From his efforts in school to his continued desire to study life through nature he has sought to follow traditional methods and means to convey the spirit of his subject. His background in Fine Art (BA Hons) and a continued grounding in artist workshops such as London Atelier of Representational Art and the Angel Academy of Art, Florence are the backbone to his work. With all that nature and its suggestions inspire, this is the core to Steffan Johnson’s work. To see and appreciate that which is before us in its complex but simple expression. 2017.
Still life ‘Coffee Jug, Bread, knife and Egg’ 2017 March
This still life combines the forms of the handles, the angle of the knife and the strong deep red of the coffee jug and its muted grey, and grey browns of the surrounding objects. Contrast of colour and textures are a key to these still life paintings as well as a sense of subliminal calmness throughout.
A study from life, classically a still life, consisting of an earthenware pot, a milk jug and berries. Clarity and clean textures have been the main focus of this work including the artists' fascination with complimentary colour.
This 12th century castle was a tough challenge for any invader. Carreg Cennen’s defences exploited the natural environment to great effect, glued to the sheer cliff-face on all sides. Its striking features and natural hideout give this a bold statement in paint.
Inspired by the craggy hills and mountains of north Wales namely Snowdonia National Park, this piece was inspired by the changing conditions of the outdoors and the immense beauty of the Welsh countryside. The strong crag face of this viewpoint gave thought to a imminent change in weather, and the safety of that the rock face gives.
The bronze shine, the reflective quality of the milk jug and its contrasting colour and appearance gives this still the pleasing composition. Based on parallel forces of colour, texture and form the still life holds its clear and simple composition.
A study in oils of the impressive and historical site of Harlech Castle.
Harlech Castle, located in Harlech, Gwynedd, Wales, is a medieval fortification, constructed atop a spur of rock close to the Irish Sea. It was built by Edward I during his invasion of Wales between 1282 and 1289.
A still life painting, using complementary colours and textures. In the right and centre sit a pumpkin and sections. To the left a plate, and bottle. The warmth of the rich reds and oranges combined with the cool of the grays and blues of the surrounding bottle, plate and material give the overall painting a striking but balanced feel.