Johan Andersson, ‘Trafficking Survivor’, 2015, Art Unified Gallery

About Johan Andersson

Andersson seeks to give representation and visibility to those who do not conform within the popular social consciousness of culture. Whether expressed through paintings confronting issues of body image, ethnic or racial prejudice, religious discrimination or gender stereotypes; the protagonist is often someone who might easily be overlooked. In each of Andersson’s painting series to date (Stolen Faces, Toy Guns, Brand For Life), there is an invitation for the viewer to explore their own preconceptions and to confront either a false sense of inadequacy or distorted identity. For Andersson the purpose is not to condemn modern culture, rather to help people discover who they are within it and to realize that we all carry something unique and truly beautiful. After graduating from Central St. Martin’s London, Johan Andersson became the youngest ever artist to be shortlisted for the BP Portrait Award and was named in The Independent’s “Top 20 Artists.”

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