Nevill Johnson was born in England in 1911. He was taught to paint by John Luke in Belfast and moved to Dublin in the late 1940’s He exhibited regularly at the Victor Waddington Gallery, alonside Louise LeBrocquy, Colin Middleton, Gerard Dillion and Daniel O’Neill. Apart from his prodigious output as a painter, during this period he also photographed Dublin capturing in a series of poignant images a city before its dramatic architectural and cultural decline.
RTÉ Archives purchased this body of work, which includes over 1,500 photographs and some of these stunning images are reproduced in an Exhibition curated by Eoin O’Brien, his close friend and executor, which is currently on in Newman House, St. Stephen’s Green.
A sample of his work can be found in this new online exhibition produced by RTÉ Archives here – http://www.rte.ie/archives/exhibitions/2056-nevill-johnson/
A recurring theme throughout Johnson’s photographs, which came about through an Arts Council grant for the purchase of a Leica, is a sympathetic view of a poverty stricken Dublin in the mid 1950’s. The Arts Grant allowed Nevill to focus on photography for the better part of two years, and the result is an extraordinary and fascinating glimpse into a long forgotten Dublin.
The exhibition runs until September 2014, and admission is free.