The Elizabeth Greenshields Foundation Grant

Hero Johnson is enormously grateful to the Elizabeth Greenshields Foundation for the award of a grant.

The Elizabeth Greenshields Foundation grant is one of the most prestigious grants available to emerging figurative artists, as well as one of the most substantial. It is one of the longest standing, with an illustrious history of recipients spanning more than half a century. It is also unique in its scope, in that it is available to students and artists around the world

Elizabeth Greenshields Foundation

Empowered by Art – University Women’s Club

‘Empowered by Art’- Portraits of Women by Women

An exhibition of paintings and photographs by Hero Johnson, Miriam Escofet, Anastasia Pollard and Aliona Adrianova. Curated by Jemima Lovatt.

On display at the University Women’s Club 19th May 2018.

The portraits by Hero Johnson included those of Barbara Hosking CBE, Anna-Louise Felstead and Paulina Pluta.

Miriam Escofet and Hero Johnson
Miriam Escofet, Aliona Adrianova and Hero Johnson
Anna Louise Felstead and her portrait by Hero Johnson
Hero Johnson's paintings of Barbara Hosking and Paulina Pluta

Sir Alan Parker’s Portrait in the Sunday Telegraph

Hero Johnson’s portrait of Sir Alan Parker on page 10 of the Sunday Telegraph, 6th May 2018.

The portrait will be part of the Royal Society of Portrait Painters annual exhibition at the Mall Galleries from the 10th to the 25th of May.

 

Hero Johnson's portrait of Sir Alan Parker in the Sunday Telegraph.

A Portrait of Heatherleys

‘A Portrait of Heatherleys’ – a collection of portrait photographs of the Heatherley staff by Aliona Adrianova taken over the Autumn Term 2017 and Spring Term 2018. The exhibition, including this photo of Hero Johnson, will be on permanent display at the school.

Hero Johnson's portrait by Aliona Adrianova.
Aliona Adrianova and Hero Johnson.

Barbara Hosking – Book Launch ‘Exceeding My Brief’

Barbara Hosking’s autobiography ‘Exceeding My Brief – Memoirs of a Disobedient Civil Servant’ was launched at the Reform Club last month.

The back cover features Hero Johnson’s portrait of Hosking.

The book is available through Bite Back publishing:
https://www.bitebackpublishing.com/books/exceeding-my-brief

And is reviewed by the New Statesman here:
https://www.newstatesman.com/politics/uk/2017/11/i-didn-t-know-what-i-was-barbara-hosking-working-downing-street-and-coming-out

Hero Johnson with Barbara Hosking at the Reform Club launch of 'Exceeding my Brief'
Hero Johnson's portrait of Barbara Hosking on the back cover of 'Exceeding my Brief'

The BP Portrait Award – Scottish National Portrait Gallery

The BP Portrait Award 2017 will be showing at the Scottish National Portrait Gallery from the 16th of December 2017 to the 11th of March 2018.

Admission free.

The Scottish National Portrait Gallery

1 Queen St
Edinburgh
EH2 1JD

Open daily 10am-5pm

Face to Face 2017 – Works by BP Portrait Award Artists

23 AUGUST – 10 SEPTEMBER 2017

This exhibition brings together the works of artists exhibiting in the BP Portrait Award 2017 at the National Portrait Gallery, London. An insight into their practice beyond the Award, this show celebrates portraiture and figurative painting in its many forms.
The Cass Art Space, 66-67 Colebrooke Row, Islington N1 8AB
23 August – 10 September 2017
Admission is free
Opening times: 
Private View Thursday 31 August 6pm-8pm
Monday – Wednesday 10am- 7pm
Thursdays 10am-8pm
Friday – Saturday 10am-7pm
Sundays 12am-6pm
Please note, on occasion the space may be closed temporarily for art workshops and classes.
Hero Johnson's painting of Paulina Pluta, exhibited at Cass Art Islington

Daphne Todd OBE Interview

Q: Are there other contemporary painters you admire?

Daphne Todd: Most of my original living heroes, such as William Coldstream, Francis Bacon, Patrick George and Euan Uglow are now dead. Paula Rego is, of course, very good indeed. I cannot think of anyone to touch her. Saied Dai, Antony Williams, Hero Johnson and Ben Sullivan are younger artists who I think have exceptional talent.

Q: What’s the most important lesson you have learned?

Daphne Todd: To just keep on. There will be ups and downs, rejections and accolades. I have known artists invited to be judges because of their eminence fail to have work accepted when they later submit to the same competition. They keep on. Sadly I have also known good, even excellent, artists give up at the first setback, harbour a grudge and avoid risk of failure, denying themselves the opportunity of success. Luck plays a huge part. If you paint for your satisfaction, you have the joy of doing it and solving problems.

Excerpt from Artists & Illustrators magazine Summer 2017. Interview by Sally Hales.

 

Excerpt of interview with Daphne Todd OBE citing Hero Johnson
Interview with Daphne Todd in Artists & Illustrators magazine. By Sally Hales

Michael Bond CBE

In loving memory of Michael Bond.

January 1926 – June 2017.

I loved Michael’s books as a child and it was a privilege to know and paint this wonderful man as an adult.

https://www.instagram.com/p/BV4izwsn1Cy/

 

Michael Bond, creator of Paddinton Bear, painted by Hero Johnson

Hilary Delamere, Hero Johnson, Michael Bond, Sue Bond and Karen Jankel.

‘The Art of Reading’ Waterstones Gower St London.

November 2016.

Hilary Delamere, Hero Johnson, Michael Bond, Sue Bond and Karen Jankel

The Royal Society of Portrait Painters Private View 2017

Some photographs from the Royal Society of Portrait Painters Exhibition Private View, 3rd May 2017.

Taken by Alex Cotterill, Liberty Rowley, Daniel Shadbolt, Guy Bell and Katherine Tyrrell.

Exhibited portraits are of Michael Bond CBE and Paulina Pluta.

 

Hero Johnson with her portrait of Paddington Bear author Michael Bond
Hero Johnson at the Mall Galleries Royal Society of Portrait Painters press call
Hero Johnson with her painting of Paulina at the Royal Socieity of Portrait Painters
Hero Johnson with her painting of Michael Bond. Image copyright Guy Bell
Hero Johnson with her painting of Paulina. Photo by Katherine Tyrrell

BP Portrait Award 2017

National Portrait Gallery, London
22 June – 24 September

Showing ‘Tabitha Moses with Gilda. Liverpool’

BP Portrait Award 2017