In Summer 2019, The Summerhouse Gallery was proud to present our one-man show ‘Breaking Point’ by artist Kit Johns. Kit’s work explores the wild and untamed nature of the Cornish landscape, using a variety of techniques and mediums on canvas, paper and authentic vintage Cornish maps. He has quickly evolved from a young, up-and-coming artist to an accomplished and well-known figure who has made waves in the world of Cornish landscape art. ‘Breaking Point’ was both a celebration of beauty and a reminder as we enter a period where the state of our environment hangs in the balance. Kit’s work captures both the joy of a bright, busy beach in the summer, and the contrastingly tempestuous waves of the storms which grow ever more commonplace on our coastlines. His work utilises sand, stone and seawater, as well as flotsam and jetsam found washed up on the coastline.
“This latest body of work encapsulates everything that Cornwall means to me, a backdrop to my life. The paintings were painted with energy and intensity. There is an intentional rawness about the work, which captures what the Cornish coastline is like perfectly. I want the work to feel almost tactile and draw the viewer in. It is important to me that each painting resonates. I want to create a social commentary within the paintings and continue to raise awareness about a problem that is becoming an epidemic. We are reaching breaking point when it comes to the environment.” Kit Johns
The show opened with a private view on Friday 12th July 2019, with proceeds donated to various Cornish environmental charities.