Frank Johnston

1888 - 1949 | ,

High Park

High Park

Tempera
11 x 5 in

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Frank Johnston
The Ranger’s Cabin, First Snow

The Ranger’s Cabin, First Snow

Tempra on board
19.5 x 27 in

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Frank Johnston
Untitled

Untitled

oil on canvas
23 x 30 in

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Frank Johnston

In Johnston one can almost see the sound swelling into the vastness of infinity. The small panel is no restriction to the eye and one stands among the stars of timeless space. Dancing formless light, subaqueous in feeling, ephemeral as Aurora Borealis. It holds one motionless in moving space.” Frank (Franz) Johnston was born in Toronto and like many other Group members, he joined Grip Ltd. as a commercial artist. In 1910, he left for the United States where he studied art in Philadelphia and worked in commercial design in New York. Although an original member of the Group, Johnston’s association was a brief one. He did exhibit in the exhibition of 1920, but by 1921 he had left Toronto to become Principal at the Winnipeg School of Art. In the earlier years of their friendship, Johnston had joined MacDonald and Harris on their journeys to Algoma. His paintings from those years express a strong decorative interpretation of the landscape. In later years, the artist’s style became more realistic and revealed a strong fascination with the qualities of light. In 1927, Johnston changed his name to the more exotic title of ‘Franz’ Johnston, and found some success in commercial art galleries, where he was free from association with any formal group of artists.

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Smokes of September

Smokes of September

Oil On Panel
24 x 30 in

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Frank Johnston
Mining Camp at Great Bear Lake

Mining Camp at Great Bear Lake

Oil On Panel
12 x 16 in

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Frank Johnston
Thunderers

Thunderers

Oil On Panel , circa 1920
10.5 x 13.25 in

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Frank Johnston
The Old Barn

The Old Barn

Oil On Panel , 1920
5.5 x 8.5 in

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Frank Johnston
Woodland Stream

Woodland Stream

Oil On Panel
20 x 24 in

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Frank Johnston
Fickle March

Fickle March

Oil , 1928
20 x 24 in

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Frank Johnston