Capturing the Mearns

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THE latest exhibition at the Bank Street Gallery in Kirriemuir features the stunning and atmospheric work of Mearns artist D. E. Johnston.

Entitled “By Shore and Field Edge”, almost all of the work in the exhibition has been produced over the last two years. It is inspired by the Mearns landscape and the shore at St Cyrus.

An academic at heart, the artist has studied the lives and styles in his artistic heroes and has painted since a teenager. This local lad of the Mearns is captivated by the land and seascapes. He is fascinated by time.

It is rare that the Bank Street Gallery exhibits an artist “without training” but the absence of training ensure Johnston’s approach is unique.

He enjoyed an unusual wisdom in his youth - casting away “how to” books and magazines.

An early trip to a Turner exhibition in Edinburgh afforded the young Johnston an opportunity to compare that Master’s technique against the instructions he was reading.

When he realised Turner didn’t follow the rules, he threw the books away and his intuitive creativity took flight!

By Shore and Field Edge runs at the Bank Street Gallery until September 21.