new artists


Kirstie Cohen

Steve Johnston

Nikki Monaghan

Kirstie Cohen was born in Edinburgh, Scotland in 1963.
After studying at Edinburgh College of Art to develop a portfolio she gained entry to Glasgow School of Art, the famous Rennie Mackintosh designed building. She studied painting there from 1983 – 1987, and after completing a degree was offered a place on the Post graduate course from 1987 – 1988.
After leaving art school she was a finalist in the 1989 British Airways Award at Olympia, London, a showcase for young emerging artists.
As soon as her studies were completed she started to develop landscape in her work, turning professional with her first solo Exhibition in London in 1990. She has subsequently had many solo and mixed shows nationwide. She now lives and works in the Highlands of Scotland near Inverness.
In 2008 she was the winner of the Art Business Today, Canon Award, Digital Printer which gave her the opportunity to publish her own work in high quality print format.

Steve Johnston was born in Glasgow in 1956. He previously worked as a photographer based in London, working for magazines such as Vogue, I-D etc. His work was published in various books and magazines and was included in the “Lives” Exhibition curated by Derek Boshier at the Hayward Gallery in London. Steve returned to painting in 1991.e.

Since 2004, Steve Johnston’s work has been successfully published as limited edition prints, with many of them selling out, and original Steve Johnstons are collected worldwide.

Steve says of his work; “I approach my Backgrounds very much as an abstract painter – colours, compositions etc are chosen instinctively rather than being pre-planned. Certain images can unlock powerful emotions which can be separate from the actual content of the picture………the aim is to portray as essence and emotion rather than a precise person or specific location.”

Nikki is an artist and designer working from her studio in Falkirk, Scotland. She studied at the Scottish College of Textiles and over the years has worked as an interior stylist, designer and artist, also spending time involved with community arts.
Her subject matter ranges from narrative landscapes and seascapes to quirky birds and figures. "I love colour and my paintings evolve by layering up acrylics and oil pastels, creating textures within my paintings. Working from memory allows my work to take on a stylized abstract feel.
I am influenced by many things…the weather, the Scottish landscape, how I feel when I wake up in the morning, anything that sticks in my head! There are no set rules. My work varies in size ranging from small paintings concentrating on a particular subject to larger canvases where scenes evolve."






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