Mike Johnston – Artist

It is my glory to have received a guest submission from the artist, Mike Johnston.

Artist: Mike Johnston - Photo © Mike Johnston
Artist: Mike Johnston – Photo © Mike Johnston

The first 6 pieces of art shown in this article were all painted during the summer of 2016 in Winnipeg. 

Artist: Mike Johnston - Photo © Mike Johnston
Artist: Mike Johnston – Photo © Mike Johnston

 I asked Mike to tell me a bit about himself.

 Mike:  “Ive been a street artist in the city for 18 plus years, and have been tattooing for the past 12 years, dedicated to the craft. Now, I’m realizing I have more to accomplish with my art, and am hitting the streets hard with work and coming out of hibernation.”
Artist: Mike Johnston - Photo © Mike Johnston
Artist: Mike Johnston – Photo © Mike Johnston

I, for one, am thrilled Mike has come out of hibernation. His work is eye-catching, totally gorgeous and the details are mesmerizing.

Artist: Mike Johnston - Photo © Mike Johnston
Artist: Mike Johnston – Photo © Mike Johnston

I asked Mike about this very interesting work of art, shown in the above photo, and next 2 shots.

Artist: Mike Johnston - Photo © Mike Johnston

Artist: Mike Johnston – Photo © Mike Johnston

Mike:The mural with the panels was a painting i put up at a recent art show. The blank spaces are the paintings that came from the installation.”

I love it!

Artist: Mike Johnston - Photo © Mike Johnston
Artist: Mike Johnston – Photo © Mike Johnston

The following shots are some earlier examples of Mike’s work.

Artist: Mike Johnston - Photo © Mike Johnston
Artist: Mike Johnston – Photo © Mike Johnston
Artist: Mike Johnston - Photo © Mike Johnston
Artist: Mike Johnston – Photo © Mike Johnston

 

Artist: Mike Johnston - Photo © Mike Johnston.
Artist: Mike Johnston – Photo © Mike Johnston

You can visit Mike on his Website    www.murdersnest.com  .. where, if you’re in need of some gorgeous art on your building or on your body, he has a Contact Page.

Artist: Mike Johnston - Photo © Mike Johnston
Artist: Mike Johnston – Photo © Mike Johnston

Below, is Lester. This was one of the very first pieces of Street Art I ever encountered in Winnipeg. However, Lester was seriously obscured by industrial trash bins. Two years later, I returned, only to find a good portion of this amazing work had eroded due to the harsh Winnipeg Winters.

Mike, thank you for this pic!

Artist: Mike Johnston - Photo © Mike Johnston
Artist: Mike Johnston – Photo © Mike Johnston

All art in this post is by Mike Johnston.

All photos are © Mike Johnston & all rights are reserved.

You can also see Mike’s Art On FaceBook

Mike Johnston at work - Photo ©
Mike Johnston at work

Mike is also represented in The Murals of Winnipeg  Just use the search engine to find him.

These Eyes & Body Sugar are 2 previous posts on GLaM that show early bits of Mike’s work.

Mike, thank you x a million for your wonderful art, and for allowing me this feature on my blog. I am honored.

⭐ ❤ ⭐

31 thoughts on “Mike Johnston – Artist

    1. Thank you, Frank! I would love to involve more artists. It was a fortunate situation that Mike found my blog, and offered up his Art & photos.
      I love the influence of tattoo art in street art. It is interesting, now, to see the influence of Street Art in the fine art galleries in Toronto.

  1. Hello dear Resa 🙂
    I do love the photo of the sleeping Angel and the other one of the cat. What a brilliant artist.
    Got to go and feed my cats before they tear my legs to pieces. lol.
    Take care dear friend especially down those dark and dismal alleys.
    Love and big hug. Ralph xoxox ❤ #<

  2. Mike is an amazing artist!
    Perhaps you need a tattoo of S&S on your legs? …. for protection.
    I am afraid of many,many things, but I love back alleys. Go figure!
    Live and hugs, Resa…xoxo <# ❤

  3. What a great post!! I think it’s awesome you get to work directly with the artist. He’s very talented and I look forward to seeing more of his work in the city.

    I haven’t seen a few of the pieces. I know Lester of course 😀 and These Eyes/Body Sugar because I took you to them. I see one, maybe two of them are on top of buildings but do you know what area of the city the first three are in? I can’t believe we would have missed them.

    1. It has been a wonderful time doing this post with Mike! I’m hoping to meet him next time I come to Winnipeg. I almost feel like getting a tat.
      I’ll ask Mike where those murals on top of buildings are. I’m curious myself, as I did not see the on the Murals of Winnipeg site.

      😀 Do you remember the small roses mural on Corydon? It’s very pretty, 2 roses. It was the day you took me out to find the Niel Young Mural.
      Anyway, the Roses are a Mike Johnston! I’m hoping to post it for Valentines Day. ⭐ ❤ ⭐

  4. Wowowow! How awesome these murals from Mike are. A great example of the beauty of street art. The sleeping angel is my favourite! The details on these murals is exquisite. Resa, you’re really rocking the art world with this blog – wonderful ❤

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