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BA, Honours in Fine Arts, Bishop's University
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About my artwork
Marc Johns creates whimsical drawings filled with dry wit and humour. Whether it’s a man with branches growing out of his head that need pruning, or a pipe that’s trying to quit smoking, his characters are simply, sparsely drawn, yet speak volumes with just a few strokes of the pen. He's been drawing since he was tiny. He's not tiny anymore, but he's not exactly big either. Marc is not sure why he's talking about himself in the third person...

I generally aim to say as much as possible with as few elements as possible. My work often leans toward humour. Finding the humour in things often leads to finding the truth.

I like to create absurd situations, by combining things together that don’t belong, or imagine what inanimate objects would say if they could speak. For instance, the pen I am using to write this draft would probably say: "I'm tired. Can we stop for a bit?" Or perhaps it would say: "I can't believe you're making me write this. This is rubbish. Signing cheques would be more inspiring than this." These are the things I think about. I think about alot of things. I think about thinking. Don't try it though, it's not worth it.
Artists I like
David Shrigley, Annie Pootoogook, Inuit Artists, Casey McGlynn, Margaret Kilgallen, Neil Farber, and so much more.
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Hello there.

Hi, and welcome. The new community here at artreview.com looks promising... I've got a good feeling about it.

Anyway, you can see more of my art here:


Flickr: www.flickr.com/photos/marcjohns

Buy art & prints: shop.marcjohns.com

Blog: draw.vox.com

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Posted on January 4, 2008 at 23:21

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At 1:42 on April 18, 2011, ARTStap International said…
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At 2:22 on February 22, 2011, Joanna Neff said…
Your work is so neat! Reminds me of Edward Gorey but not (quite?) as dark. I really love your style and humor!!
At 17:20 on July 29, 2010, mike hinc said…
I really like your images - some very clever, most amusing. Thanks.
At 8:40 on November 12, 2008, ART & ARTISTS LA said…

Open to all artists in all fine arts media we seek to recognize outstanding quality and diversity in the arts.

The 2009 IJC is open to all artists worldwide, age 18 and older. All works must be original. Entries in the following medias will be accepted: Painting, Drawing, Mixed media, Printmaking, Watercolor, Ceramics, Sculpture, and Photography.

Entry Deadline February 15th 2009.


A solo show next winter 2009 at Bluebird Art House and $1500 to the winner. 1 work in the show for each one of the 3 runner up.

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At 12:44 on September 17, 2008, Daniel Piras said…
grate! I like very much!
At 11:30 on August 17, 2008, Bjørn Eriksen said…
Funny stuff!
At 19:07 on July 14, 2008, Marc Johns said…
Hey Sophia, thanks for the comments!
I first saw an exhibition of the Royal Art Lodge around 8 years ago, it was an eye-opener, and they certainly became an influence. They "allowed" me to make drawings, drawings with humour, and have the drawings be the final artwork, as opposed to having to create paintings on more "serious" surfaces like stretched canvas. Although I still really like their work, I don't consider them as much of an influence anymore.
At 14:50 on July 14, 2008, Sophia Isajiw said…
ps: and the world really does need more skateboarding sandpipers for sure! (and antlers ought to be in vogue, and...)
At 14:49 on July 14, 2008, Sophia Isajiw said…
love these...
what is your relationship to dzama and farber and royal art lodge out of curiosity? to me you are funnier and more whimsical (that's a compliment). i also enjoyed the personal comments relating to the works on your blog. best to you! ~sophia.
At 21:24 on June 15, 2008, Nikki Jarecki said…
awesome work. it's serious and funny at the same time and that makes me smile.


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