Andrew Johnstone has been a founding artist here at The Gate 510 since its launch in 2014. You can find traces of his work throughout the building, including his beautiful murals painted on our café table tops, spread out across the Factory 510 Town Center.
Andrew is a British artist now living and working in the San Francisco Bay Area. He is a muralist specializing in woodgraining, marbling and photo-real trompe l’oeil.
Since 2005 Johnstone worked with the legendary architect/artist Rod Garrett on designing of ”The Burning Man,” the centerpiece of the eponymously named creative festival, the world’s largest art event held every year in Black Rock Desert, Nevada. Andrew continued after Garrett’s passing in August 2011, and was given the title of “Design Steward of the Man” by Burning Man.
In October 2011 Johnstone was honored to win the Alameda County 2011 Arts Leadership Award and was subsequently appointed by the Supervisors to a four-year term as a Board member on the Alameda County Arts Commission, representing District 4.
Additionally, Johnstone holds a position on the Board of the Alameda County Arts Education Committee. His non-profit, Big Picture, is dedicated to transforming young graffiti taggers into respected artists, turning their graffiti creations into a positive artistic outlet.
(Reported by: Tom LaPorte)