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Johanna Spinks

Johanna Spinks

Johanna Spinks is a British born, Los Angeles based portrait artist whose work

hangs in museums, galleries, and private collections all over the world.

Mentored by the late Everett Raymond Kinstler N.A. who painted eight presidential portraits, Johanna’s style can be best described as classical oil portraiture with a contemporary palette knife twist. Over her 25 year portrait career, her work has received recognition from the United States Congress, The California State Senate, and multiple Oil Painters of America National shows as well as been featured in the New York Times, American Artist Magazine, International Artist Magazine, Where Women Create and many others. The Portrait Society of America awarded Spinks a Certificate of Recognition for her dedicated volunteer work as its’ California State Ambassador, a three year term. In 2008 Johanna was awarded The Daler-Rowney “Excellence in Painting” Award at OPA National.

Johanna has painted notable sitters from Kip Forbes to Kevin Costner and has five portraits in the permanent collection of The Players’ Club of New York including Norman Rockwell, Rex Harrison and actress Angela Lansbury.

In addition to her vast portfolio of commissioned work, Johanna has worked on three widely-celebrated public portrait projects in the cities of Ventura, Malibu, and Charleston, each time working with a different local newspaper, with each sitter being interviewed alongside a painted life sketch. The 58 paintings that made up the “Face of Ventura” now sits in the permanent collection of the Museum of Ventura County and earned Johanna a Mayor's Art Award for "Artist in the Community" 2012.

The “Face of Malibu” comprising 61 oil portraits painted from life, and the subsequent “Face of Malibu Rebuilds” ,17 watercolor portraits and interviews by conducted by Spinks capturing people who their lost homes in the Woolsey Fire resulted in Johanna receiving a Dolphin "Citizen of the Year" Award 2019 for her artwork contribution to the community.

“The Face of Malibu “and “The Face of Malibu Rebuilds “ were accepted into the permanent collection of The Boone Special Collections and Archives, Pepperdine University, in August 2021.

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