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JOHN JOHNSTON – OLD SHED KING COUNTRY (AWARDED)

$980.00

Title: Old Shed King Country
Artist: John Johnston
Material: Oil
Oil Size: 34.5cm x 24.5cm
Frame Size: 49cm x 39cm
Year: 1970s / early 1980s
Conditions: Excellent

John Johnston was an Auckland painter and photographer. This painting won a New Zealand Painting and Printmaker Award, but cannot trace the year. It would have been in the 1970s or early 1980s.

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Author’s background:

Photographer, artist and author John Johnston (1919 – 2015) passed away at the age of 96.

John had a long and distinguished career as a photographer and artist – starting out as a street photographer in downtown Auckland using the first Leica camera, establishing Auckland’s premiere photographic studio after the Second World War, later picking up paintbrushes to become a commercial artist, and at the end of his life still creating and experimenting with a digital camera and Photoshop. John published two books: I Didn’t Have a Choice (Reed, 2006), the illustrated account of his Second World War service in North Africa and Italy, and the privately published Notions (2011). His last work, 80 Years Behind the Lens: The life story of a professional New Zealand photographer, is now being prepared for publication by his long-term collaborator Martyn Thompson.