Working from a community library and living without a permanent home, Johnson Weree’s practice involves drawing from early morning until late at night creating surreal and otherworldly portraits of imagined subjects. As a child in Liberia, Weree salvaged discarded materials for his creations. Using battery fluid for paint and scrap wood for canvass, his limited access to media made him come to cherish colour. Now he works with ballpoint pens, gels, pencils and pastels with a palette of unlimited vibrancy. Dog noses sit close to thin lips and men’s hairlines recede. The women of Weree’s world have bright blushed cheeks and wear multi-coloured eye shadow. Often figures appear within figures, emerging from buttonholes or like a third eye in the centre of a forehead.
Weree’s works have been exhibited in several exhibitions, including Exhibition #6, The Museum of Everything, Rotterdam (2016) and Francis Marshall and the Beautiful People, The Gallery of Everything, London (2017). His works are also included in a number of private collections.