Born in Cambridge in 1980 and with a degree in architecture from the University of Cardiff, Orlando Johnson’s work is diverse, covering a range of subjects in different media and at varying scales.

Typically through the use of vibrant colors and striking imagery, Orlando seeks to evoke and capture an essentially sensitive and human experience, led by an affection and passion for his chosen subject, whether time, place or person.

Summers spent in Maine are the major thematic influence in his work; similarly emotive, his ties to Islington have provided a core theme for his ongoing collaboration with master printer Kip Gresham.

The influence of David Hockney, Howard Hodgkin, Eric Hopkins and Robert Indiana is evident as he explores the differing styles of these artists, through his own work.

Orlando's work has been exhibited widely, including the Mall Galleries and the Royal Academy of Art in London, Bowdoin College and Eric Hopkins Gallery in Maine, and the House of Representatives in Washington DC.  In 2012 Orlando opened Somewhere on Winter St., in Rockland, Maine.

© BLACK HOLE/the artist, 2014