Born in Albury, Johnny K has always been drawn to the Australian landscape and the outdoors in general. He knew from a very young age that he wanted to be an artist - before he even knew what that meant! He recalls "riding up the hill behind our house and being able to see an endless horizon line and I remember how the light glistened across the land like sparkles of magic. It had me in complete awe and from an early age I enjoyed experiencing each season in all its glory."
Attending both National Art School and the Julian Ashton Art School during his mid-twenties, Johnny learnt two very differing approaches to painting, which has honed his abilities to handle paint, composition and colour.
He currently spend most of his time exploring dirt roads in rural NSW, where painting from life has played a critical role in shaping his current style and approach to painting. Johnny has recently started reworking paintings in his studio that were painted en plein air, to help give him more time to think about his experience outside and help capture the feeling of the experience, injecting those feelings into the work.
Using thick brush marks and layers of paint enables Johnny to capture the tough Australian terrain. He wants viewers to be able to see and feel the terrain on the surface of his paintings and through these works take an adventure into the Australian landscape.
Diploma of Fine Arts, National Art School
Julian Ashton Art School