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John Johnstone Self Portrait
  • Self Portrait
  • Etching & Aquatint |
  • 49.5 × 37.5cm | 1989

John Johnstone was born in Forfar in 1941.

He studied at Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art, Dundee from 1959 to 1964 receiving the Diploma in Drawing & Painting and was awarded a post diploma year.

In 1964 he was awarded a major travel scholarship which allowed him to continue his studies visiting galleries throughout Europe. Later, in 1967, he spent six months painting in Jamaica. He had his first solo exhibition in Kingston.

He taught life drawing at Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art, Dundee for many years as well as art classes (non-vocational) at Dudhope and Forgan Art Centres, Dundee and Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art. He continues working with a non-vocational art class in Dundee.

He has works in numerous public and private collections in the UK and abroad including Angus Council Collection, Carnegie Trust Art Collection, Dundee City Collection, The McManus Galleries Collection, Fife Council Museums West Collection and the Collection of HRH The Duke of Edinburgh.

Johnstone's early work is signed Stone or John Stone, a name adopted to distinguish his work from a contemporary Scottish artist, another John Johnstone. In the 1980's and 1990's he was a regular exhibitor at The Royal Scottish Academy and The Society of Scottish Artists. He is a professional member of the Scottish Society of Artists and of Visual Arts Scotland. He presently lives and works in Forfar, Scotland.


  • 1941 Born Forfar, Scotland
  • 1959 – 63 Drawing & Painting
    Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art, Dundee
  • 1963 – 64 Post Diploma Year, Highly Commended Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art, Dundee
  • 1964 Major Travel Scholarship,Visited major European art galleries and museums
  • 1967 Travelled to Jamaica, First solo exhibition, Gallery Constant Spring, Kingston
  • 1970 – Part-time lecturer, Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art, Dundee
    Taught art (non-vocational) at Dudhope Art Centre, & Forgan Art Centre, Dundee and at Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art


Studies and Sketches

by John Johnstone

  • Spiral Bound Sketchbook
  • 21 × 29.7cm
  • 82 Sketch Pages
  • Greyscale & Colour
  • Published 2010
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John Johnstone

by Bob Johnstone

  • Hardback / Paper Cover
  • 21.5 × 22cm
  • 73 Pages
  • 100 Colour Illustrations
  • Published 2005
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