Weree, Johnson
Born 1970 in Liberia
Lives and works in The Netherlands
Johnson Weree’s portraits speak of his own flight from a war-torn Liberia. 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. Today, he works with ballpoint pens, gels, pencils and pastels with a palette of unlimited vibrancy. Often in his works, figures appear within figures, emerging from buttonholes or like a third eye in the center 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.
Johnson Weree, Untitled, 2018, Coloured pencil on paper, 50 x 35 cm, 19 3/4 x 13 3/4 in, Courtesy The Gallery of Everything