Alison Johnston studied at Edinburgh College of Art and following graduation, her career developed in animation, including for Oscar-nominated “Aardman Animations”. Her background in animation established her interest in the way knowledge and anticipation are key factors in preparation for establishing a thought process to enrich the animated sequence. Anticipation and the power of expectancy also enhances memory and affects the experience of a place. Exploring how context and the sensory memory build up a personal intelligence she acknowledges places and experiences stay with us, even without their physical presence. We project our memories, knowledge and mood and create expectations. We exist between past and future, acknowledging the passing of time by both external environmental changes and also internal sensory thought. Memories are often distorted and fragmented, and Alison displays this in her work as isolated segments, viewed in compartments, or layered in colour. Her use of colour stimulates sensory memory, and the viewer is invited to connect their collective memories, coupling inner and outer perceptions in a relationship, challenging the viewer to reassess and nurture a sense of belonging and personal identity. Alison works in painting, printmaking, bookmaking and illustration.
Alison Johnston graduated from Edinburgh College of Art with a BA (Hons) in 1983. She was artist in residence for National Trust for Scotland in Fyvie Castle 2001 and has received several awards including the Helen A Rose Award and Andrew Grant Bequest.
Alison Johnston has exhibited extensively including:
2021 FLUX summer Exhibition
2021 VAA International Online Exhibition
2021 Aire Place Studios Online exhibition
2021 Curatorspace online exhibition and catalogue
2020 VAO Emerging Artists Awards, virtual exhibition for shortlisted candidates.
2020 Gracefield Art Centre
2020 Quarantzine online art exhibition
2020 Moray Art Outdoor Festival (postponed)
2020 Edinburgh printmakers (postponed)
2019 Joint display Brodie Castle
2018 Solo Exhibition – open Studio
2017 Solo Exhibition – open Studio
2016 Solo Exhibition – open Studio
2014-15 Joint Exhibition - Footprints Gallery
2013 Solo Exhibition - Arran Open Studio
2012 Solo Exhibition - Rockcliffe Gallery, Dumfries and Galloway
2012 Book illustrations - More to Golf than