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Art By Johnny
A collection of work from Johnny Carroll-Pell
Edited by Henry Normal
ISBN 978-0-9955012-9-4 | 70pp | 2018
To coincide with the first major exhibition of Johnny's paintings, at the Phoenix Art Gallery in Brighton, this book contains 100 pictures celebrating his art. The title replicates his popular Facebook page Art By Johnny and several further exhibitions planned around the country.
The paintings and photos here are selected by his parents, Henry Normal and Angela Pell, who have written a book about bringing Johnny up called A Normal Family. Johnny is also the subject of several BBC Radio 4 shows, a couple of poetry books written by his dad, and the inspiration for the film Snow Cake, written by his mum.
"Many artists would envy the spontaneity and freedom of expression that Johnny shows as he paints - and the joyous and arresting results speak for themselves. Years ago we used to say that people with autism showed no emotion and had no imagination: looking at these beautiful paintings makes me ashamed that we could ever have been so blind." - Jane Asher, National Autistic Society President
"Some people paint sunsets or animals, some people paint faces, some people paint ideas. Johnny paints that feeling you get when you finally jump off the diving board and whoosh towards the water, when a brilliant idea breaks into your head, when you say yes ok let's do this and you jump on a toboggan with your kid. I'm not sure there's a word for that feeling, but thanks to Johnny I now know what it looks like." - Frank Cottrell Boyce
"Johnny is a true artist: prolific, instinctive and with a profound and purposeful sense of space, shape and colour. His joyous work is intense and warm, describing his world and those in it with a love and simplicity that is both moving and truthful." - Jessica Hynes
"Painting is his chosen outlet of expression and this collection … is testament to his talent. It depicts a dazzling, sensual world of intense colours and lights. There is a spontaneity and energy about his work that is compelling." - Veronica Groocock, Literary Life