Johan Andersson

Artist Statement

After graduating from Central St.Martins in 2008 Johan Andersson became the youngest ever person to be shortlisted for the BP Portrait Award and named as The Independent’s top 20 Artists 2008. His selected work was displayed at the National Portrait Gallery and in the same year he was also selected for the Jerwood Contemporary Painters prize.

Since then Andersson has gone onto exhibit work along side artists including Anish Kapoor, Tracy Emin, Sarah Lucas, Gavin Turk and Howard Hodgkin, and in 2010 was selected to exhibit work in support of BreakThrough Breast Cancer at The V&A Museum.

He has exhibited and sold on the international art market including The Scope Art Fair in Basel, Cutlog in Paris, and most recently was invited to host a solo show at the Curio Gallery in Venice Los Angeles. His work has also been displayed in major London Underground stations including Bond Street, Baker street and South Kensington.

In 2010 Andersson was selected by Sky Arts as the ‘one to watch’ young British Contemporary Artist to feature on of a 6 week Documentary called ‘Art of Survival’ broadcasting July 2011.

Johan is a Contemporary Collective Artist




Ahead of his years, Johan has taken the art world by storm, already receiving recognition in widely read publications such as Art World, and has even featured in national newspapers – including The Times and the Guardian.

2009- 'identity', Gallery Vyner Street, London

2009- 'Affordable Art Fair', Gallery, Battersea, London

2009- 'Return to Reason' at The Gallery 77, London

2009- 'The Seduction of Paint', London

2009- 'Small is Beautiful XXVI' Flowers East, London

2009- Fiac Paris, Cutlog, Bourse du Commerce de Paris, Paris, France

2009- ‘Portrait Prize Winners’, Wimbledon, London

2009- 'Five Years' Sesame Gallery, 353 Upper St, London

2008- Group show, 43-45 av. Foch, Paris

2008- 'Saints and Sinners', Leicester Square, London

2008- 'Kounter Kulture' Truman Brewery, 91 Bricklane, London,

2008- 'Room for my Art' Biscayne Boulevard, Miami, USA

2008- Awarded the Jerwood Contemporary Painters Prize.

2008- Collect4,, Vyner Street, London

2008- Central Saint Martins Degree Show, London

2008- Jerwood Contemporary Painters exhibition, Southwark, London

2007- Johan became the youngest ever artist to make the top 3 in the esteemed BP Portrait award, which exhibited at the prestigious London and Edinburgh National Portrait Galleries – experience which places Andersson next to the worlds most upcoming portrait artists, such as fellow BP exhibited Opus artist Josie McCoy

2007- BP Portrait Award 12 Month Exhibition Tour:
- London National Portrait Gallery
- Newcastle Upon Tyne
- Edinburgh National Portrait Gallery

2007- Chelsea School of Art 3rd Year end of term show, collaborative piece

2007- Lethaby Gallery "Direction 2007" Group Show, Central Saint Martin’s College of Art