Young Turtles on Driftwood by Pete Johnston
About the Artist
Pete Johnston is the youngest son of Randolph and Margot, who sailed into Little Harbour in Abaco, Bahamas in 1951 and never left. Having built their home, Randolph then built the foundry, which still remains today and is where Pete brings his wondrous ideas to life in stunning sculptures of bronze and gold.
The source of the inspiration is the wildlife that surrounds Little Harbour, where sharks often chase the turtles and bonefish, much to the amazement of patrons enjoying one of Pete’s Pubs famous Rum Blasters. Pete spends a lot of time researching his subjects (whilst trying to catch them for the pot), before returning to one of the most remote foundries in the world to recreate what he has witnessed.
Not only is he lucky to live in the beautiful surroundings of Abaco but he also works alongside his son. Greg, who is also a sculptor, and runs Pete’s Pub and Gallery with his wife Heather. The next generation of sculptors is also on the way, although Fletcher is only two years old.
Pete has recently been commissioned to sculpt a bust of Sir Lyndon Pindling, The Father of the Bahamas, who served in parliament for 41 years and brought independence to the country.
Our Chairman actually resides in the Bahamas, and has got to know Pete well. We are delighted that Pete has decided to exhibit his work here at The House of Bruar.
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