As a Glaswegian trained in Edinburgh, Isobel Johnstone's work is full of colour and the light of southern places. Venice is a favourite subject among others, and pastel has been a starting point for acrylics which require transparent effects. Oils are generally used for larger studies, of Venice, London, portraits and still lifes. Among recent works are unusual views combining unique acrylics of Venice overlaid with patterns in aquatint.
The first paintings of Venice were made from a rooftop altana near Rialto, but are now mostly from canal level. Pastel is ideal for working on the spot to catch the magic of this fragile, watery city - its brilliant lights and darks.
Trees and shadows play on familiar London streets and landmarks.
Portraits show her great enjoyment of painting in oils.
Still life also shows her great enjoyment of painting in oils.
Dog Days linocuts catch vivid moments.
In this section is arranged a broad selection of older work in reverse date order to provide a reference collection, to give a glimpse of the background and context to the works in the main part of the site.
To view examples, click on one of the 'thumbnails' above or on one of the subjects listed in the left margin. The artist is happy to arrange a viewing in her Hammersmith studio, by email or by telephone 07798 894 222. Other recent work may also be seen at the Rowley Gallery, 115 Kensington Church St, London W8 7LN or at the Russell Gallery,12 Lower Richmond Road, London SW15 1JP. Prices range from £250 to £350 for framed pastels, from £250 to £900 for paintings, and from £35 to £70 for unframed prints and drawings.
Copyright © Isobel Johnstone 2018. Page updated 23 May 2018. Website designed by Mike Sixsmith.