About the Artist
Any person familiar with the work of portrait painter Johanna Spinks will tell you this British-born artist is as much a storyteller as she is a classically trained portrait artist. Whether she is bringing the vibrancy of a local community to life through her Face of Ventura and Face of Malibu portrait projects or rendering a sitter in an imagined Parisian interior, Johanna’s contemporary romantic style, via a palette knife, is the signature attribute of her award-winning work.
This portrait storytelling just earned Johanna a "Citizen of The Year" award in March 2019 awarded by The Malibu Dolphin Charitable Foundation and The Mayor's Award for "Artist in The Community", Ventura, California in 2012. Johanna's background serves as a good explanation for this. She started out telling stories as a young journalist who emigrated from the UK to New York at just 22 years old. She later became a top Hollywood makeup artist, using her brushes to bring magazine pages,TV and film, to life. When she decided to put down the powder brushes to pursue portrait painting full time, it wasn’t long before she was receiving international acclaim and was featured in publications including The New York Times (The Formal Portrait Dresses Down), American Artist Magazine, American Art Collector, International Artist Magazine, Where Women Create - Inspiring Workspaces of Extraordinary Women, and Art Talk. Johanna won The Daler Rowney Award for Painting Excellence at Oil Painters of America National Show in 2008. More recently, fifty-eight of Johanna’s portraits, all painted from life, were accepted into the permanent collection of The Museum of Ventura County in California, an honor she holds most dear.
Top: Johanna Spinks receiving her Mayor's Art Award
for Artist In The Community, Ventura, California, 2012.
Bottom left : Spinks receiving a Citizen of The Year Award, March 2019, awarded by The Malibu Dolphin Charitable Foundation for her artwork aiding the community. The award was recognized by The United States Congress and The California Senate. Bottom right: Spinks with her mentor and dear friend Everett Raymond Kinstler, N. A. Much loved and much missed.
Portrait of Johanna Spinks by Everett Raymond Kinstler, N.A., America's foremost portraitist, painter of eight American presidents and a 'who is who' of America, 1926 -2019. Thank you Ev-Ray. Forever loved and deeply missed. www.everettraymondkinstler.com
Primarily a portrait painter, but also an avid landscape and still life painter, Johanna considers artists such as John Singer Sargent, Sorolla, and Anders Zorn to be major influencers of her work. Her mentor was eight time presidential painter Everett Raymond Kinstler, N.A., who she trained under at The Art Students' League of New York and The National Academy of Design, New York, over a period of 9 years. Mr. Kinstler, who became a dear and trusted friend, continued to mentor Spinks until his sad passing in May 2019. Of her work Mr. Kinstler wrote:“Johanna’s paintings are filled with the joy of life, they are passionate and colorful.” Johanna is forever in his debt. www.everettraymondkinstler.com
With her unique style, Johanna has been on the teaching faculty of The California Art Institute and The Los Angeles Academy of Figurative Art and is frequently asked to give public painting demonstrations of her life painting techniques. She also received a certificate of distinction for her three year term as the California State Ambassador for the Portrait Society of America.
Her paintings hang internationally in private and public collections including The Players Club of New York (where her five celebrity portraits including Angela Lansbury, Rex Harrison and Norman Rockwell, hang alongside her idol John Singer Sargent); The Episcopalian Dioceses of Los Angeles and South Carolina, The Museum of Ventura County, The British Heritage Museum, Canada, The Museum of La Grand Vigne, Dinan, France, and in the private collection of the Forbes Family along with many others. Her juried show acceptances include the Oil Painters of America National Shows, OPA Salon Shows, The Portrait Society of Atlanta, Jack Richeson International 75, and The California Art Club Gold Medal juried museum Shows.
Solo shows have included "About Face" presented by the Hogan Family Foundation; "Something Wrong About The Mouth" sponsored by SCIART; "365 Days of Drawing", presented by Vita Art Gallery; "The Face of Ventura", sponsored by FOOD Share and The Ventura Breeze Newspaper, Museum of Ventura County; "Going Under The Knife", sponsored by Museum of Ventura County's Tool Room Gallery; "The Face of Malibu", Malibu City Hall, sponsored by The Malibu Cultural Arts Commission with The Malibu Times, and "Pop-Traits!", presented by Saatchi Art 2018.