David V Johnson Interview Continued…
Which of your peers would you say inspire you creatively? My wife & I have been visiting galleries and meeting artists for years. We spend a lot of time in the far west of Cornwall which has its obvious inspirations and we’ve met loads of decent people there. Artists I respect for various reasons (and who’ve somehow influenced my work) are Chris Anthem, Sam Bassett, Andrew Litten and Michael Rees (all Cornwall based).
How would you describe the process behind creating your collage pieces? I love old books, magazines, records and things that start as interesting objects - with interesting images (often very little to do with the actual content). I love the way they become worn/distressed/repaired over time and eventually become something very different and often more interesting. I think I follow this process in an accelerated way.
So can you tell our reader anything more about the story behind the new piece Squatting Starlet or Satisfaction? These pieces, as with a lot of my recent work, start as an object or graphic that I find to be special in its own right. They evolve by the addition of bits of other characters, images, text, paint, glue, tape etc and then I add my own markings which unify it all.
Above: David V Johnson (Click on the link or picture to see more of his available work)