Pollyanna Johnson

Since graduating with a Masters from the Royal Drawing School, Pollyanna has been creating drawings, oil paintings, and ceramics. Her current works are primarily decorative ceramic pieces. Her work sells internationally and has been featured in House and Garden, Harper’s Bazaar, and Idler among others.

Her initial influences when she started working with ceramics were English delftware for its simple and decorative monochromatic designs. She enjoys the juxtaposition of 17th/18th-century female portraits on antique-shaped ceramics with humorous contemporary graphic phrases and slogans that mock the patriarchy and gender inequality in the art world.

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Pollyanna's Style

Some of her pieces come from a place of disquiet, inspired by her and others experiences of sexism. Overall, however, she aims to poke fun at some of the absurdities of society, and having fun with paintings of women that she loves.

She is often inspired to make a ceramic piece after seeing a particular shape or design in a museum collection like the V&A, or in an antique shop. She then reinterprets this in her own style in clay. In the time it takes to make, dry and fire the piece to bisqueware she then decides what she wants to paint on it. She uses white clay and slip with bright underglaze colours, and a transparent glaze to gain the texture and finish desired for her pieces.

"I am a painter using ceramics as my canvas, creating beautiful objects inspired by women from art history. I promote these women to the centre of attention, transporting them from the dusty backgrounds of paintings by Old Masters..." - Pollyanna Johnson

In The Flesh

This curation is on show at our exhibition 'In The Flesh'. Come see it to 105 Pimplico Road, SW1W 8NQ from 25th November to 19th December 2021. This will be the first time that the artists of Partnership Editions have come together in a physical space since lockdown has lifted, and it celebrates the very fact that we're able to see their works in person again. We embrace the many purposes of an exhibition: a way to unite artists and collectors, and an opportunity to engage with both people and art - something we've all been deprived of for too long. The works in this exhibition have been selected based on their exceptional skill and power to communicate. See their colours, their textures, experience their emotions, let them get under your the flesh.

Eyes That Follow You

"The eyes of the elders leering over Susannah, the eyes of the stranger in the gallery trained on the woman breastfeeding, the eyes of cat caller on the street, the eyes of society on women, the eyes of the portraits in the gallery. This collection of decorative ceramic pieces playfully challenges the viewer to confront many of the experiences of being a woman. Poached from the frames of some of my favourite paintings, the women that feature on my ceramics are placed centre stage." - Pollyanna Johnson, Eyes That Follow You


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