Cornish Reading Challenge: Meet local artist Kit Johns

Kit Johns is a 26 year old professional artist living and working in Cornwall. His work features many beautiful places all over the county.

According to his website, Kit’s work “explores the wild and untamed nature of the Cornish landscape, using a variety of techniques and mediums on canvas, paper and wood. Experimentation and expression are key aspects of his work, creating unpredictable, unique and atmospheric pieces. Combinations of mixed media including acrylic, oil and ink encourage him to push the technical boundaries of traditional landscape painting.”

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Blue skies over Godrevy | Kit Johns

 

I think you’ll agree that Kit is incredibly talented. To celebrate the Cornish Reading Challenge, Kit has jumped on The Bandwagon to tell us all about his work.

Why did you choose Cornwall to depict in your art?

I grew up in Cornwall and it’s hard to not be inspired. I try to create work that resonates with the viewer and draws on their own memories of Cornwall too.

What’s your favourite thing about Cornwall?

The atmosphere and the light. In summer it can be like paradise, and in the winter there is so much raw energy on the coastline.

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The Cornish Moon | Kit Johns

How long have you been an artist?

I have been full-time for 6 years. I finished my fine art foundation, and have been fortunate enough to be painting ever since.

What do you like to do in your free time?

I love to explore new places and learn new things.

Tell us more about your work.

I am working on a new body of work exploring the raw energy and emotion of the Cornish coastline.

The deciding question: jam or cream first?

Jam first, and then cream! 😀

Finally, a book recommendation?

An arty-related book recommendation would be ‘Art & Fear’ by David Bayles & Ted Orland. It is a book I read soon after I started painting full-time, and is a must-read for anyone working in the creative industry. It explores the way art gets made, the reasons it often doesn’t get made, and the nature of the difficulties that cause so many artists to give up along the way.

A true Cornishman, and make no mistake! Kit’s paintings are now in private collections around the world. To see more of his work, visit his website or social media channels.

Kit Johns | Facebook | Instagram

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Wave Study | Kit Johns
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