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Vashti Johnstone


"I love how art has transformed people over the years, shifting us."

A contemporary New Zealand painter, living and working on the South Island’s West Coast, Vashti has been a student of visual language forever, formalising her innate need to express and articulate with a Diploma in Painting, Aoraki Polytechnic (2001).

Vashti’s oeuvre applauds the vitality and importance of making art. Respectful of and roused by the lineage of creators who have gone before her and create alongside her, Vashti pushes her practice in energising and innovative ways, layering her charcoal and her paints into a colourful language that transcends beyond words. 

While the rural plains of Mid Canterbury were her muse for years, the West Coast is now home - the pulse of the earth, the rivers, the roots, the veins, branches, ridgelines and creatures that inhabit these wild heavens reflected in her bold and confident work.