Neil Johnston began his painting career as a production billboard painter. After a decade of painting large-scale billboards and wall murals, he worked to earn a Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree in painting at the College of Visual Arts in Saint Paul, Minnesota. Shortly after, he completed a Master of Fine Arts Degree in Visual Studies/Painting from the Minneapolis College of Art and Design in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Through his painted works, Neil often uses layering, fragmentation, and multiplicity to explore time, memory, and place - inspired by and reacting to developments in the study of time physics, visual cognition, geographic mapping, music improvisation, graphic design, pop culture, and anime.
In addition to painting, and the visual arts, Neil is a musical artist and keeps an active creative life in music – writing, performing and recording. Also, Johnston works as a community arts advocate, and enjoys participating in and facilitating creative process dialog. He has completed many successful painting and musical collaborations - working with other artists, musicians, and communities. He is a tenured Art department faculty member at Century College in White Bear Lake, and has served the White Bear Center for the Arts for many years as a board member, and as an emeritus director.
Neil’s work has been collected and commissioned by private individuals and corporations. His work can be seen in the corporate collections of Medtronic Inc., Hines International, and at Century College, in White Bear Lake, MN.