Johan Andersson

Johan Andersson

Johan Andersson was born 1986 in Sweden. He moved to England in 1995. After graduating from Central St.Martins in 2008 he became the youngest ever person to be shortlisted for the BP Portrait Award and named as The Independent’s top 20 Artists 2008. His selected work was displayed at the National Portrait Gallery and in the same year he was also selected for the Jerwood Contemporary Painters prize.

Since then Andersson has gone onto exhibit work along side artists including Anish Kapoor, Tracy Emin, Sarah Lucas, Gavin Turk and Howard Hodgkin, and in 2010 was selected to exhibit work in support of BreakThrough Breast Cancer at The V&A Museum.

He has exhibited and sold on the international art market including The Scope Art Fair in Basel and Cutlog in Paris. His work has also been displayed in major London Underground stations including Bond Street, Baker street and South Kensington.

In 2010 Andersson was selected by Sky Arts as the ‘one to watch’ young British Contemporary Artist to feature on a 6 week Documentary called ‘Art of Survival’ broadcasted July 2011.

In late July 2011 Andersson received a posthumous public commission to paint Amy Winehouse.

The climax of the STOLEN FACES series was a solo show at the elusively private Long Gallery of Englefield house in May 2012 where the paintings of individuals marginalised by society replaced 17th century portraits of prominent earls and countesses.


BILD, Germany, Highlights of Berlin Art Week, 11 September 2012

The Local,Germany, article on Andersson and the exhibition in Berlin. September 2012 – article here

Digital Projection at Oxford Circus tube 14-20th May 2012

The Telegraph, Johan Andersson’s Stolen Faces by Anoush Chakelian May 2012

Dazed & Confused, Johan Andersson: Stolen Faces by Johan Wirfält May 2012

Art Wednesday, Johan Andersson: Stolen Faces by Tim Howard, May 2012

Beautiful Crime, ‘Breaking The Mould’, April 2012

Arts London News, ‘Watch this grad’s space’ by Adam Leyland, May 2012

Residence Magazine, ‘Wonderboy’ Sweden, May 2012

TED Talks, The Power of Connection, Painting (16min 30sec onwards) 2012

BBC London Robert Elms show Interview, 13.40pm 18th August 2011

BBC Radio 4, Excess Baggage, Interview with Sandi Toksvig, 10.00am 23rd July 2011

The Independent, David Lister article on Amy Winehouse painting, 27th August

The Times, Telegraph, Independent, Evening Standard, Amy Winehouse painting 23/24th Aug 2011

Washington Post, Yahoo News, Msn News, Features Amy Winehouse painting 23rd August 2011

Sky News, The Art of Survival, Sunrise with Eamon Holmes, July 2011

Daily Express, The Art of Survival July 2011

Daily Mail, The Art of Survival July 2011

Ft1 France T.V interview about Amy Winehouse painting Aug 2011

Svenska Dagbladet, Expressen, Göteborg Posten Amy Winehouse painting, Sweden Aug 2011

Konsten at överleva en dokusåpa, GT Expressen, Sweden 20th July 2011

Johan deltar i Brittisk dokusåpa, ttela, Sweden 20th July 2011

Stolen Faces, Yo Venice, Los Angeles June 2011

Gaddafi Painting revealed opposite Parliament, Demotix Mar 2011

Breakthrough Breast Cancer V&A auction, The Sun Nov 2010

DN (Dagens Nyheter) Culture section, Stockholm, Sweden 2009

Art Below Ltd – South Kensington & Baker St Underground poster advertisement 2009

Frieze, Zoo and Affordable show bargain art, The Sunday Times 2009

Kounter Kulture, Artworld Magazine feature 2008 Frieze Art Fair Newsletter feature 2008

The 20 Best Up and Coming Artists, The Independent 2008

Radio Interview, Resonance FM 2008

Aspiring Artist’s Brush With Faith, Bedfordshire on Sunday 2008

Hot Prospects, Artworld Magazine feature 2008

Peter Fuller Memorial Foundation – Emerging Artist, Artinfluence 2008

I Captured A Moment I Shouldn’t Have Been Allowed To Capture, feature 2008

There’s No Substitute For Experience, London Evening Standard 2007

The BP Portrait Awards, London Evening Standard 2007

Ung svensk konstnär gör succé i London, Swedish Business: Realtid Monthly 2007

Artists’ Close Brush With Reality, The Times 2007

BP Portrait Shortlist Announced, The Guardian 2007

Radio Interview – BBC 3 Counties 2007 Featured articles in London Lite, London Paper, Metro 2007-2008




Brand For Life • de freo gallery, Berlin, 11-30 Sep 2012

Breaking The Traditions of Centuries (Stolen Faces) • Englefield House, Newbury 11-18th May 2012

Candid Berlin • Universität der Künste Berlin, Hardenbergstrasse 33, Berlin 03-18th May 2012

Stolen Faces • The Future Gallery, Leicester Square, London April 2011

Breakthrough Breast Cancer • Victoria & Albert Museum, London Dec 2010

Small is Beautiful • Flowers East Gallery 2009

Follow Your Art show & auction • Royal Institution of Great Britain, London 2009

ArtBarter • The Rag Factory, London 2009

Cutlog Art Fair • Bourse du Commerce de Paris, Paris 2009

London Art Fair • James Freeman Gallery, London 2009

Scope Basel Art Fair • Opus Art, Basel 2009

Next Art Fair • TheBunkerGallery, Chicago 2009

Bridge Art Fair • Opus Art, New York 2009

Galeria Miquel Alzueta • Barcelona 2009

Return to Reason • The Gallery 77, Noting Hill, London 2009

Five Years • James Freeman Gallery, London 2009

The Seduction of Paint • Rollo Contemporary Art, London 2009

Small is Beautiful XXVI • Flowers East Gallery, London 2008

Room For My Art • Biscayne Boulevard, Miami 2008

Saints and Sinners • Art Republic, Leicester Square, London 2008

Kounter Kulture • Opus, Truman Brewery, London 2008

Central Saint Martins Degree Show • 103-107 Charing Cross road, London 2008

Jerwood Contemporary Painters Exhibition • 171 Union St, London 2008

BP Portrait Award Tour • Dean Gallery, National Galleries of Scotland, Edinburgh 2007

BP Portrait Award Tour • Laing Art Gallery, Newcastle 2007

BP Portrait Award • National Portrait Gallery, London 2007