Exploring cultural commentary through exceptional Photo-realism

Born in County Antrim, Northern Ireland, Stephen Johnston’s hyper-realistic paintings capture ordinary objects, juxtaposed and placed together to form new narratives, with quirky, surreal and thought-provoking scenarios.

Inspired by surrealists René Magritte and Michaël Borremans, along with photo-realist artists such as Denis Peterson, Johnston’s work is characterised by its painstaking level of detail and craftsmanship.

A recent portrait commission for Belfast’s, Queens University, now hangs as part of their esteemed collection in the ‘Great Hall’.