Hero Johnson is a London-based visual artist, originally from Cornwall. Exhibitions include The BP Portrait Award, The Royal Society of Portrait Painters, The Lynn Painter-Stainers Prize, The Ruth Borchard Self-Portrait Competition, The New English Art Club, The Discerning Eye, Hogarth’s House ‘Small Self’ and The Royal Institute of Oil Painters. Shortlisted for both the Bulldog Bursary and the RSPP Self Prize in 2013. Regular contributor to Artists & Illustrators magazine 2010-2014. Winner of the Royal Society of Portrait Painters Changing Faces Commission Prize 2015. Awarded the New English Art Club Drawing Scholarship 2016-17.

Selected Group Exhibitions and Competitions

2017
The BP Portrait Award. National Portrait Gallery, London
The Royal Society of Portrait Painters. The Mall Galleries, London
The New English Art Club. The Mall Galleries, London
‘Face to Face’; BP Portrait Award Artists Work. Cass Art Space, Islington
‘The Art of Reading’. Cambridge Literary Festival, Cambridge
The Heatherley Staff Show. Bankside Gallery, London
2016
The Royal Society of Portrait Painters. The Mall Galleries, London
‘The Art of Reading’. Waterstones, Gower St, London
The Jackson’s Art Prize. Finalist.
2015
The Royal Society of Portrait Painters. The Mall Galleries, London
The Heatherley Staff Show. Bankside Gallery, London
‘Portrayed’. Chelsea Old Town Hall, London
2014
The Royal Society of Portrait Painters. The Mall Galleries, London
‘The Small Self’. Hogarth’s House, Chiswick, London
2013
The Royal Society of Portrait Painters. ‘Self’ Prize Finalist. The Mall Galleries, London
The Ruth Borchard Self Portrait Competition. Kings Place, London
‘Patrick George, a Likeness’. Browse & Darby, London
The Reed Short Film Competition. Long-listed
2012
‘Jumping Frog’. Daggett Gallery, London
2011
The Discerning Eye. The Mall Galleries, London
2010
The Lynn Painter Stainers Prize. Painter’s Hall, London
2009-10
Bust of Colin Powell for ‘The Nature of the Beast’. Whitechapel Gallery. (‘Busted’ New York High Line, Chicago Museum of Contemporary Art 2013)
2008
The Royal Society of Portrait Painters. The Mall Galleries, London
2007
The Royal Institute of Oil Painters. Winsor and Newton Young Artist Award Finalist. The Mall Galleries, London
2006
The Royal Institute of Oil Painters. Winsor and Newton Young Artist Award Finalist. The Mall Galleries, London
The Society of Women Artists. The Mall Galleries, London
2005
‘Art Relief’. En Plo Gallery, Kato Paphos, Cyprus

Solo Shows
2005
CCA Gallery. Lemba, Cyprus

 

Awards and Bursaries
2016 – The New English Art Club Drawing Scholarship
2015 – The Royal Society of Portrait Painters Changing Faces Commission Prize
2013 – The Royal Society of Portrait Painters Bulldog Bursary Runner-up
2007 – The Worshipful Company of Painter Stainers Bursary
2004 – Cypriot Ministry of Culture Bursary

Collections

The Changing Faces Collection

 

Publications

‘Painting the Human Figure: Ideas and Perception’ by Atul Vohora 2012

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