ABOUT HERO

Hero Johnson is a London-based visual artist, originally from Cornwall.

Exhibitions include The BP Portrait Award, The Royal Society of Portrait Painters, The Trinity Buoy Wharf Drawing Prize, The Lynn Painter-Stainers Prize, The Ruth Borchard Self-Portrait
Competition, The New English Art Club, The Discerning Eye, Hogarth’s House ‘Small Self’ and The Royal Institute of Oil Painters.

Shortlisted for both the Bulldog Bursary and the RSPP Self Prize in 2013.

Regular contributor to Artists & Illustrators magazine 2010-2014.

Winner of the Royal Society of Portrait Painters Changing Faces Commission Prize 2015.

Awarded the New English Art Club Drawing Scholarship 2016-17. Awarded the Elizabeth Greenshields Foundation Grant 2018.

Made a member of the Contemporary British Portrait Painters 2019.

EXHIBITIONS

Selected Group Exhibitions and Competitions

2020
The Royal Society of Portrait Painters. The Mall Galleries, London
The Contemporary British Portrait Painters ‘Perceptions’. Cass Art Gallery, London
The Jackson’s Painting Prize Open
The Heatherley Staff Show. Bankside Gallery, London

2019
The Trinity Buoy Wharf Drawing Prize. Trinity Buoy Wharf.
The Lynn Painter Stainers Prize. The Mall Galleries, London
The Society of Women Artists. The Mall Galleries, London
The Heatherley Staff Show. Bankside Gallery, London

2018
The Royal Society of Portrait Painters. The Mall Galleries, London
‘Empowered by Art’. The University Women’s Club, Mayfair
The Jackson’s Painting Prize Open
The Heatherley Staff Show. Bankside Gallery, London
‘Connected’. Waterstones Gallery, Gower St, London

2017
The BP Portrait Award. National Portrait Gallery, London
The Royal Society of Portrait Painters. The Mall Galleries, London
The New English Art Club. The Mall Galleries, London
‘Face to Face’; BP Portrait Award Artists’ Work. Cass Art Space, Islington
‘The Art of Reading’. Cambridge Literary Festival, Cambridge
The Jackson’s Painting Prize Open
The Heatherley Staff Show. Bankside Gallery, London

2016
The Royal Society of Portrait Painters. The Mall Galleries, London
‘The Art of Reading’. Waterstones Gallery, Gower St, London
The Jackson’s Painting Prize Open. Finalist.
The Heatherley Staff Show. Bankside Gallery, London.

2015
The Royal Society of Portrait Painters. The Mall Galleries, London
The Heatherley Staff Show. Bankside Gallery, London
‘Portrayed’. Chelsea Old Town Hall, London

2014
The Royal Society of Portrait Painters. The Mall Galleries, London
‘The Small Self’. Hogarth’s House, Chiswick, London
The Heatherley Staff Show. Bankside Gallery, London

2013
The Royal Society of Portrait Painters. ‘Self’ Prize Finalist. The Mall Galleries, London
The Ruth Borchard Self Portrait Competition. Kings Place, London
The New English Art Club. The Mall Galleries, London
‘Patrick George, a Likeness’. Browse & Darby, London
The Reed Short Film Competition. Long-listed

2012
‘Jumping Frog’. Daggett Gallery, London

2011
The Discerning Eye. The Mall Galleries, London

2010
The Lynn Painter Stainers Prize. Painter’s Hall, London

2009-10
Bust of Colin Powell for ‘The Nature of the Beast’. Whitechapel Gallery. (‘Busted’ New York High Line, Chicago Museum of Contemporary Art 2013)

2008
The Royal Society of Portrait Painters. The Mall Galleries, London

2007
The Royal Institute of Oil Painters. Winsor and Newton Young Artist Award Finalist. The Mall
Galleries, London

2006
The Royal Institute of Oil Painters. Winsor and Newton Young Artist Award Finalist. The Mall
Galleries, London

The Society of Women Artists. The Mall Galleries, London 2005
‘Art Relief’. En Plo Gallery, Kato Paphos, Cyprus

Solo Shows

2005
CCA Gallery. Lemba, Cyprus

AWARDS

  • 2018 – The Elizabeth Greenshields Foundation Grant
  • 2016 – The New English Art Club Drawing Scholarship
  • 2015 – The Royal Society of Portrait Painters Changing Faces Commission Prize
  • 2013 – The Royal Society of Portrait Painters Bulldog Bursary Runner-up
  • 2007 – The Worshipful Company of Painter Stainers Bursary
  • 2004 – Cypriot Ministry of Culture Bursary

NOTABLE SITTERS

Notable sitters include, Sir Alan Parker, Lord Puttnam, Barbara Hosking CBE, Dame Lynne
Brindley and Michael Bond CBE.