PICTURES OF FAIRIES; The Fairy Pictures Educational Art Gallery: Featuring New Fairy Pictures of Celtic, Shakespearean, and Victorian Fairies - New Fairy Pictures created in a style inspired by Classic Illustrators by Contemporary American Artist and Photographer Howard David Johnson... Welcome lovers of fairy pictures and fairy art for all ages...  Seen all the famous fairy pictures in those great old books and on calendars and cards and STILL can't get enough? This gallery is for you! ... Newly Updated! 




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Fairy Pictures: The Golden Age of Fairy Painting began in the wake of publications such as the tales edited by the Brothers Grimm and revivals of Shakespeare...


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  Victorian artists initially took their cue from Shakespeare but soon devised their own scenarios. By the mid 1800's a tradition developed among British and Scottish Painters that continues today the world over in every known media. This exhibition of contemporary fairy Paintings, drawings and pictures embraces this tradition. 






What are Fairies, Elves, and Pixies?   

Faeries: also Fairy or Faery, have long been the common terms for a legendary race of clever super- natural beings who meddle in human affairs, but they are known by many names. Commonly associated with the Celts, Fairies are not the product of one culture or time; they have a pedigree.

  Ancient Greek Heroes had fairy lemans, called nymphs, and the faraway Asians, Eskimos and American Indians had similar fairy legends as well. The mythic Gandharvas of Sanskrit poetry were also fairies. 





The nearest analogy to the shape of fairy belief in Scotland and Ireland - the Pixies of southern England is that of the popular oral traditions of the early Arabs.  The best books on Celtic Fairy lore are still "The Secret Commonwealth of Elves, Fauns, and Fairies" by the Rev. Mr. Kirk and Keightley's "Fairy Mythology".



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"Peter Pan"  "The Protector of the Forest" and "Horror of Tinker bell" 

              Amazingly enough, the belief in a species of Lady Fairies, deathly to their human lovers was just as common in far way Samoa as it was on the banks of Loch Awe.  The Fairy women who come to the births of children and foretell their fortunes with their spindles legends were found in ancient Egypt. The fabled trickery and changeling legends are also quite common the world over.         


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   Since ancient times, the Irish have referred to fairies as the Shee, ( or Sidhee in Gaelic. ) Other names for fairy and fairy like creatures include the pixie, pixy, elf,  fay, sprite, brownie, Robin Goodfellow, dwarf, gnome, troll, kobold, peri, hobgoblin, leprechaun, and also included are the nymph, dryad, oceanid, hamadryad, naiad, neried, oread, undine, faun, satyr & mermaid. A female spirit who wailed to foretell death was called a Banshee.



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Many fairy tales popular today had their origins in the folk tales of prehistoric times...

 A fairy circle unleashed great magical powers. The Greek Sirens of Homer are a form of these Fairies, as the Nereids, Oreads, and Naiads are fairies of wells, mountains, and the sea. 

The evolution of the fairy tale continues to this day.  

"The Little People" or Leprechauns were the another race of elves ( fairies ) from the folklore of the Irish. ( or Luchrupan ). They were master craftsmen and hoarded hidden treasure. Like the fairies, contact with them could either be a blessing or a curse. Over the course of a thousand years, the gods of the Ancient Celts, AKA elves and fairies evolved into what we now call lepruchauns or... the little people.  



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Country People still commonly believed in them until the coming of the television in the 1950's...  By the mid 20th Century belief in fairies was thought to have faded into history.  In spite of persecution and the ridicule of modern science these beliefs and practices continue to this day. 

This Celtic, Shakespearean, and Victorian Fairy Pictures art gallery welcomes you to this celebration of all things Faerie created in a variety of different forms of mixed media ranging from very old fashioned to very, very modern. 

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The Realistic and Fantastic Art Galleries of Contemporary American Illustrator Howard David Johnson

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All these pieces of art and the text are legally copyrighted and were registered with the U.S. Library of Congress Office of Copyright by the author, Howard David Johnson All rights reserved worldwide. Permission for many academic or non-commercial uses is freely and legally available by simply contacting the author via e-mail or visiting


Who is American Illustrator Howard David Johnson?

 In David's invitation to the Florence Biennale Contemporary Art Exhibition, (a partner in the United Nations' Dialog among Nations), UN Secretary General Kofi Anon wrote: "Artists have a special role to play in the global struggle for peace. At their best, artists speak not only to people; they speak for them. Art is a weapon against ignorance and hatred and an agent of public awareness... Art opens new doors for learning, understanding, and peace among nations."

   Howard David Johnson is a contemporary visual artist and photographer with a background in the natural sciences and history. He works in a wide variety of media ranging from traditional oils,  pastels and others to cutting edge digital media. After a lifetime of drawing and painting, Howard David Johnson's Traditional Realistic Art was exhibited in the British Museum in London in 1996, ( 3 years before he got his first computer ) as well as numerous American ones since, such as the Metropolitan Museum of Art. His illustrations have appeared in every major bookstore and gameshop chain in America as well as magazines and educational texts around the world. 

Some of his more prestigious clients have included the National Geographic Society, the University of Texas, the History Book of the Month Club,  PBS TV, Adobe Photoshop Auto FX, and Paramount Studios. Licenses to print his existing work are available at surprisingly affordable prices. Oil Paintings, Colored pencils, Pastels, Mixed media, and Digital art can also be commissioned for select projects - Click on commission new art below... Working in a variety of traditional and cutting edge digital media he offers his customers a variety of options and more than thirty years of experience. As a commercial illustrator HDJ has not only used the computer but has been involved in the development of imaging software.  On his existing works license offers start as low as $99.


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 "Some of David Johnson's more prestigious clients have included the Universities of Oxford & Cambridge in England, the University of Texas, The Australian Mint, The National Geographic Society, MGM, Warner Home Video, CBS, ABC/Disney, Paramount Studios, Universal Studios, PBS TV, The History Channel, Enslow Educational Publishers, Adobe Photoshop, Auto FX, Tree-Free Greeting, Verizon wireless, Apple IPOD, Doubleday (Random House), Harlequin Top Historical Romances, & the History Book of the Month Club, as well as appearing in periodicals like Popular Photography, & the Wall Street Journal just to name a few." With a background in traditional media including oils, pastels & colored pencils, Howard David Johnson now embraces leading edge digital media in his depictions of fantasy, folklore, mythology, legend, religion, & heroic history. He works in and mixes a wide variety of  media * Oil paintings * Acrylic Paintings * Prismacolor Paintings * Drawings * Chalk & Oil Pastel Paintings * Photography * 2D & 3D  Digital Artistry*  & Mixed Media including all of the above* 




Large Original Oil Paintings (and drawings) are now for sale: Portraits & Illustrations. Realistic Oil Paintings and a free lesson in oil painting technique by Howard David Johnson. An Exhibit of Realistic Oil Paintings featuring portraits & illustrations along with an introduction to Oil Painting Supplies, Organization & Technique with Essays with relevant themes to oil painters & collectors. 

Our 24th year on the Web ~ 1996- 2020~ 

Original Art For Sale

   Dozens of Large Oil Paintings on premium linen canvas, Contemporary acrylics on Bristol board and Prismacolors and inks on Bristol are now available for sale. Additionally, to the oil paintings on hand, the invitation to commission an all new painting is extended to all...





       Dozens of Johnson's 38 x 28 Oil Paintings on linen canvas are currently available for sale. Many digital works can also be rendered in oil on canvas like the 20x16 oil on canvas Faerie Guardians 2006 (below center). Each design will only be rendered in oil once at this size and can be delivered FEDEX or equivalent in as little as 60-90 days. Every original comes with a signed dated Certificate of Authenticity.

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This page is lovingly dedicated to the Immortal British and Scottish artists whose Fairy Paintings who inspired me...

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All  these images & text are legally copyrighted & were registered with the U.S. Library of Congress Office of Copyright by the author, Howard David Johnson All rights reserved worldwide. Permission for many legal non-commercial uses is freely available by simply contacting the author or visiting