White Sails Gallery - Fine art dealers in Dartmouth, Devon

01803 832272

Desmond Johnson

Desmond was born in Dartmouth on 29th July 1922 and has painted for most of his life. He sold his first painting at the age of 12. After leaving school he served as an apprentice at Phillips Shipyard, Noss, until during the war, he was transferred to Falmouth Docks where he took the opportunity to study at Falmouth School of Art.

Early in his working life at the shipyard, where all the British Lightships were built, he worked as a Patternmaker and later as a Draughtsman. It was there that he was commissioned to paint pictures for Trinity House of all their Lightships. Desmond was also asked to paint pictures of all ships built at the yard, which were presented to each Captain of the new vessels.
Later he was employed at the Britannia Royal Naval College, Dartmouth, as a technician in the science department . While there he undertook several commissions. The College has purchased some of his watercolours for their collection, as has a visiting American Ambassador.

In 1970 Desmond helped in the design of British Steel, the 59 ft ketch, famous for it’s circumnavigation of the globe by Sir Chay Blyth in 1970/71. The yacht designed by Devon-based naval architect Robert Clark, was built at the Phillips Shipyard.
Desmond paints in oil, acrylic and watercolours, mainly seascapes and ships but also his native Devon countryside. He has an abiding love of Dartmoor and captures the light and essence of the Tors beautifully. His paintings are in collections in the USA, Europe and Australia.

Spring Morning at Strete Gate

£259.00
(Framed)
New!

Secret Beach near Prawle

£295.00
(Framed)
New!

Autumn Morning on the Upper Dart

£259.00
(Framed)
New!

Autumn on Yes Tor

£249.00
(Framed)
New!

Morning Light over Start Point

£398.00
(Framed)

Autumn Lake at Stover

£279.00
(Framed)

Spring Morning at Mill Bay

£159.00
(Canvas)
New!

Sunlight in the Surf II

£259.00
(Framed)
New!

Out on the Ley

£159.00
(Canvas)
New!

Hawk over Bowermans Nose

£169.00
(On Board)
Sold

Against The Rocks III

£169.00
(Canvas)
Sold

First Marks of Autumn

£225.00
(Framed)
Sold

Pounding Surf off Prawle

£149.00
(Canvas)
Sold

Hawk over Haytor

£249.00
(Framed)
Sold

Against the Rocks

£195.00
(Framed)
Sold

Racing off Start Point

£269.00
(Framed)
Sold

Spring Morning on Slapton Ley

£295.00
(Framed)
Sold

Storm Rising

£259.00
(Framed)
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Start Point from Little Dartmouth

£179.00
(Canvas)
Sold

Gulls in the Surf at Gara

£179.00
(Canvas)
Sold

Fishing off Gara Rock

£179.00
(Canvas)
Sold

Low Tide at Little Dartmouth

£169.00
(Canvas)
Sold

Gulls in Surf Lannacombe

£259.00
(Framed)
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Dawn Breaking over Bantham

£225.00
(Framed)
Sold

Across to the Daymark

£225.00
(Framed)
Sold

Gulls on the Ley

£398.00
(Framed)
Sold

Surf near Prawle Point

£149.00
(Canvas)
Sold

Full Sail off the Rocks

£149.00
(Canvas)
Sold

Storm Surge at Lannacombe

£159.00
(Framed)
Sold