Charlie Johnston, aka ‘C5 Charlie’ has been creating public art for 33 years, both murals and sculptures in concrete, mixed media and bronze. He creates poetic experiences for the growth of individual and collective consciousness, remixing archetypes and genres to create new perspectives on the human experience.
Before he became C5, Charlie started his journey as an artist in Manitoba’s Interlake
region as a young illustrator/ sculptor in the realm of comic/ fantasy art and portraiture. He
studied Fine Art in Winnipeg, evolving his representational/surreal style and expanding his
horizons. The scope of his work grew after a decade as a billboard painter. With an ever-
expanding sense of scale and technique, a new identity began to form for Charlie.