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Polly Johnstone's exhibition STRONG explores themes of what it means to be a strong woman in contemporary society. Johnstone's paintings depict colourful abstract expressionistic backgrounds, juxtaposed with bold black and white images of women, capturing some of the complexities of womanhood. STRONG will feature new and past works.
Polly Johnstone is a Darwin-based arts educator and practising visual artist. From a young age, she has had a passion to create, starting her first art classes when she was just four. Her artistic journey is influenced and inspired by what she comes into contact with each day. This may be something seen during normal daily activities, an old master’s work or an image on Instagram or Pinterest – if it speaks to Polly she feels a deep need to recreate what she has seen and to put her own spin on it. As a result, her work is constantly changing and evolving, whether it be the subject matter itself or the medium.
Capturing the likeness of the human face has always intrigued Polly and is a recurring theme throughout her work. Likewise, living in the Northern Territory with its unique landscape and tropical vegetation is a theme that is prominent. Being an educator of Visual Arts and previously Maths, she has a love of geometry and symmetry, which is present in many of her works. Polly's art practice includes oil paintings, acrylic paintings, watercolour paintings, pen and ink drawings, aquarelles and graphite. Polly has been part of the Darwin Street Art Festival since its inception. She is passionate about creating art in public spaces for all to enjoy.