Eleanor Johnson 

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Having grown up in the countrysides, nature always plays a big role in Eleanor Johnson’s life and art. She puts significant importance on her relationship with nature in influencing her decisions as an artist, and it’s evident in the frequent depiction of bodies and nature in her paintings. Paired with the use of vivid colour palettes, and a tinge of playful stylistic choices in the canvas, Eleanor’s art is an exploration of the realms of the in-between. In every nuance of the pieces there are intricate courtships between absence and presence, be it visually, physically, and psychologically – making Eleanor’s artworks truly intriguing moments in time for the audience to delve into.

In her painting rituals, Eleanor often infuses a sprinkle of magic into the processes and the artworks themselves. She starts her painting sessions by freeing herself from physical and digital distractions, like having a clear and uncluttered cocoon of a space for her to work in or getting her e-mails done and out of the way for her creative process. Once Eleanor preps her painting tools, she often puts on some music or podcasts to learn from as background noise, as she found her best painting comes when she’s multitasking - helping her with balancing the amount of attachment, and work that goes into her painting.

In Her Darkest Days

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19 x 19 cm

Oil and Acrylic on Canvas Paper

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Into the Nooks and Crannies

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19 x 19 cm

Oil and Acrylic on Canvas Paper

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“IT’S DEFINITELY INSTINCTUAL. I LIKE THE PIECE TO BE IN THAT SWEET SPOT BETWEEN ABSENCE AND PRESENCE, AND ONCE I THINK IT’S IN THAT PLACE, I LEAVE IT. MAYBE ADD A FEW HIGHLIGHTS HERE AND THERE. I ALSO LIKE TO LOOK AT ITS REFLECTION IN A MIRROR, AND THAT WILL HELP ME SEE IF IT’S BALANCED OR NOT”

Treehouse Stories

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19 x 25 cm

Oil and Acrylic on Canvas Paper

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The balance of things is crucial for Eleanor as not to overwork or get too attached to any areas of her paintings. Using mainly oil on canvas, there’s timeliness that goes into consideration in her creation process - Eleanor likens the use of oil paint to alchemical magic, endless possibilities for colour manipulation and blending. The right timing while working with the oil paints enables Eleanor to transmute states of mind and feelings into the visuals on the canvas.



“I FIND IT EASIER TO GET LOST IN THE PROCESS OF PAINTING IF I WORK FAST. AND I LIKE THAT SLIGHTLY UNCONSCIOUS, UNGROUNDED STATE OF MIND THAT SOMETIMES IS REACHED. IT REMINDS ME OF BEING IN A “DREAM BUBBLE” OR AN UN-LUCID STATE, A PSYCHOLOGICAL SPACE THAT INTERESTS ME AND I LIKE TO CHANNEL INTO MY WORK”


Eleanor previously studied the History of Arts, and her current undertaking of a Masters in Fine Art has rendered her familiar and rather influenced by the Old Masters’ oil paintings in her stylistic choices. However, her own distinct style and processes are further brewed with and shown into her art by the presence of esoteric and witchcraft strains. Eleanor often uses rituals, lunar awareness, inscribed symbols, or sigils within her art to invoke the specific energy that she intended for the piece. 


The distinctive quixotic style in her art was furthered by the exploration of her Gaelic heritage, specifically Folklores and Celtic Mythology - depicted in the medium with Eleanor’s choice of vivid colours that blur the line between the dreamscapes and the reality. The choice of visual scenes, the artistic style decisions, the colour palette, and the use of ritualistic magic enabled Eleanor’s body of work to be mythical yet mystical at the same time, intriguing the audience to enjoy the amalgamation of the classic and contemporary elements in harmony.  


The collection of these harmonious amalgamations that Eleanor created was displayed at Paul Smith (@paulsmithdesign) on Albemarle Street, Mayfair London, as a partnership with @richeldisfineart. Eleanor also bags another famous brand collaboration with Burberry. Aside from that, Eleanor is also participating in ‘Heart of the Matter’ exhibition at the Gillian Jason Gallery alongside Layla Andrews, Cecily Brown and Tracey Emin.


The particularity of Eleanor’s creative process’ rituals and the ways she invokes the energies that are infused into her pieces, enabled her art to break existing rules, push the boundaries of realities, whilst also creating new depth within each stroke she made in the medium. With her pieces and every single detail and intention that entailed, Eleanor invites us all to step into reveries made of our lingering dreams and our conflicting feelings, embracing the comfort of imagination and the discomfort of reality all at once as a result of the alchemy of life.


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Artwork photographs courtesy of Eleanor Johnson Studio. Portraits taken by Gabriel Kenny-Ryder (website/ instagram). Photography courtesy of where’s the frame? and Gabriel Kenny-Ryder. 


where’s the frame? - ‘PAPER MODE’ is a collection of 6 up and coming London based artists. The collection is available from April 21, 2021, until July 21, 2021.


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Eleanor Johnson 

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