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Frank Johnson artwork up for auction
11:00am Tuesday 12th March 2013 in News
A Bonhams sale in Chester in May will include a full retrospective of Frank Johnson’s work, from early nudes of the 1950s to paintings of interiors filled with antique furniture, and life-size portraits.
Mr Johnson was an art teacher at Bradford College between 1952 and 1980. As well as Hockney, he taught names such as David Oxtoby, John Loker, Norman Stevens, Doug Binder and Dudley Edwards.
A Bonhams spokesman said: “Frank Johnson was a teacher of art first and foremost. He appears to have been a highly-skilled artist but extremely modest about his own considerable talent.
“As a teacher, he generously passed on his knowledge and enthusiasm and, with his colleagues at Bradford College of Art, produced a group of outstanding Bradford artists.”
The spokesman added: “The paintings in the studio collection demonstrate Johnson’s incredible versatility as an artist with works painted in many different styles, from Monet and Sickert to photographic realism and pop art.
" Johnson’s natural style combines the ‘Kitchen Sink School’ with the ‘Euston Road School,’ but influences of French school artists such as Pierre Bonnard and Edouard Vuillard are clearly apparent.”
A preview of selected works will be at Bonhams Leeds on March 21 (5pm-7.30pm), until the end of the month.