| Simply put, Walt Johnston is a
contemporary realist. He looks at everything in
the most modern way, sees the underlying abstract
form, then brings that vision to a stunning
reality as a painting using the most ancient
means. The result is always the same, a picture so
complete it is often mistaken for a photograph!
was born in Washington DC in 1932. The son of a
successful architect, he learned to draw at a very
early age, drawing not just to describe an object
or a place or a person but to find the truth of
the work. That search for the truth is a journey
of exploration that ends (or begins) with a
thorough report in the form of a painting. Thus
his work retains a poignant, linear quality very
much in the tradition of Homer, Hopper and
World War 2 the family was moved to Illinois,
where Walt studied at the Chicago Art Institute
and was earning national recognition as early as
1948. Later he studied and taught with Eliot OHara
NA, the famous watercolorist.
work has always been shown in the best galleries,
and can be found in a satisfying number of museums
and hundreds private collections world wide.