Northern Gothic

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Born Denholm, Roxburghshire, 1897-1981

Northern Gothic, circa 1960

Acrylic on canvas
Presented 1977 by Mrs. Hope Montague Douglas Scott
Museum number 4-1977

After 20 years teaching in two London art schools, Camberwell and Central, William Johnstone returned to the Scottish Borders to paint. His work underwent a period of extraordinary renaissance beginning with the Northern Gothic Series.

This work has the 'suggestions of a night landscape, black houses and trees on the horizons and lights flashing in the dark background; a monochrome of solid blacks and whites and mediating translucent greys, dramatic in its contrasts, yet contained by the simplicity of the three tones and by the just perceptible, underlying horizontals.'

Northern Gothic
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