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Michael Johnson


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Michael Johnson In 1960, following the completion of his studies in Sydney at the Julian Ashton Art School and the National Art School, Michael Johnson departed for London, where he spent the following seven years. During this time he painted full time, working periodically as a studio assistant to the British sculptors Brian Wall and Anthony Caro. In 1967, he returned to Sydney, where he held his first two solo exhibitions, thus marking the beginning of a long and outstanding career. Michael Johnson’s work is marked by a metaphysical orchestration of colour and a muscularity of presence. His paintings (and occasional works in three dimensions) are romantic in essence; in their application, they are raw and intuitive, deeply connected to his intense and complex relationships with nature, natural process and mood. This is most tangibly so in his works of the past decade, where ruptured, sinewed application of base, primary colour performs an opera of gestures and painterly manoeuvres. Michael Johnson has exhibited widely both nationally and internationally, and was included in the seminal exhibitions, ‘The Field’, National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne, and Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney (1968); the UNESCO Biennale, France (1968); the São Paulo Bienal, Brazil (1969); and The Australian Biennale, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney (1988).

Among Johnson’s awards and commissions are works for the Sydney Conference Centre and the State Bank of New South Wales, Sydney. He is represented in all major Australian state and regional collections, New Zealand’s Chartwell Collection, and in numerous significant corporate and private collections in Australia and overseas. Beagle Press published a substantial monograph on Michael Johnson’s work in 2004.


Untitled (Pastel 1), 2018 Archival pigment print on Canson etching rag, 310gsm Image size 58.8 x 44.6 cm Published by Spitting Image Edition of 25 AUD $1,800

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Untitled (Purple), 2018 Archival pigment print on Canson etching rag, 310gsm Image size 49.3 x 60.2 cm Published by Spitting Image Edition of 25 AUD $1,800 4


Untitled (Orange), 2018 Archival pigment print on Canson etching rag, 310gsm Image size 49.3 x 60.2 cm Published by Spitting Image Edition of 25 AUD $1,800 5


Untitled (Pastel 2), 2018 Archival pigment print on Canson etching rag, 310gsm Image size 67.9 x 50.5 cm Published by Spitting Image Edition of 25 AUD $1,800

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Michael Johnson BIOGRAPHY 1938 Born Sydney, Australia 1953–59 Studied at Julian Ashton Art School, Sydney Diploma of Art, National Art School, Sydney 1960–67 Lived in London 1962–63 Brian Wall (Steel Sculpture), Studio Assistant 1963–64 Michael Kidner (built and constructed three-dimensional painting), Studio Assistant 1963–64 Michael Kidner (built and constructed three-dimensional painting), Studio Assistant 1964–65 Anthony Caro (rebuilt and painted ‘Madam Pompadour’ aluminium), worked with Ron Robertson Swann and repainted all steel works of Caro (1960–65), Studio Assistant 1969–75 Lived and worked in the United States 1963–85 Lecturer: St Martins School of Art, London; Croydon School of Art, London; Birmingham School of Art, United Kingdom; East Sydney Technical College, Sydney; Alexander Mackie College, Sydney; Sydney College of Arts, Sydney; James Cook University,Townsville; Newcastle College of Advanced Education, NSW; Goulburn College of Advanced Education, NSW; Brisbane Arts Council, QLD; University of New South Wales, Sydney; City Art Institute, Sydney; Crown Lane School of Art, Sydney; Silpakorn University Nakhon, Pathom, Thailand 1980–81 Collaborated with Robert Klippel (convexed/concaved colour on constructivist steel-type sculpture spray painted) Currently Lives and works in Sydney Solo exhibitions 2015 2014 2013 2011 2010 2009 2009 2007 2003 2002 2001

Metro Gallery, Melbourne. Charles Nodrum Gallery, Melbourne. Annette Larkin Fine Art, Sydney. Metro Gallery, Melbourne. Annette Larkin Fine Art, Sydney. Tim Olsen Gallery, Sydney. Tim Olsen Gallery, Sydney. Metro Gallery, Melbourne. Charles Nodrum Gallery, Melbourne. Tim Olsen Gallery, Sydney, Hong Kong international Art Fair, Stand Ko4. zSherman Galleries, Sydney Sherman Galleries, Sydney Philip Bacon Galleries, Brisbane Christine Abrahams Gallery, Melbourne Sherman Galleries Goodhope, Sydney

1999 1998 1997 1996 1995 1994 1993 1992 1991 1989 1988 1986 1985 1983-84 1982 1981 1980 1979 1977 1976 1975 1974 1973 1972 1970 1969 1968 1967

Sherman Galleries Goodhope, Sydney Christine Abrahams Gallery, Melbourne Sherman Galleries Goodhope, Sydney Christine Abrahams Gallery, Melbourne Sherman Galleries Goodhope, Sydney Christine Abrahams Gallery, Melbourne Sherman Galleries Goodhope, Sydney Studio exhibition, Jarocin Ave, Forest Lodge, NSW Christine Abrahams Gallery, Melbourne Michael Johnson, Survey 1968–1988, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney; travelled to Moree, Wollongong, NSW Forum, Invitational Art Fair, Hamburg, West Germany Macquarie Galleries, Sydney Macquarie Galleries, Sydney University Gallery, University of Melbourne, Melbourne Christine Abrahams Gallery, Melbourne Studio exhibition, Pitt Street, Haymarket, Sydney Gallery 52, Perth Studio exhibition, Oxford Street, Darlinghurst, Sydney Studio exhibition, Greene Street New York, 237 Lafayette, New York Pinacotheca Gallery, Melbourne Gallery A, Sydney Gallery A, Sydney Gallery A, Sydney Gallery A, Sydney Max Hutchinson Gallery, New York Gallery A, Sydney Institute of Modern Art, Brisbane Abraxor Gallery, Canberra Studio exhibition, James Cook University, QLD Gallery A, Sydney Studio exhibition, Bowery, New York Max Hutchinson Gallery, New York Gallery A, Sydney Max Hutchinson Gallery, New York Gallery A, Melbourne Central Street Gallery, Sydney Gallery A, Sydney Central Street Gallery, Sydney Gallery A, Sydney

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Selected group exhibitions 2004 Abstracting the Collection, Heide Museum of Modern Art, Melbourne 2002 20 Years of Canberra, National Gallery of Australia, Canberra 2001 Minimal, Holmes à Court Gallery, Perth Five Painters, Sherman Galleries Goodhope, Sydney A Century of Collecting 1901–2001, Ivan Dougherty Gallery, College of Fine Arts, University of New South Wales, Sydney 1999 The Rose Crossing Contemporary Art in Australia, Sherman Galleries touring exhibition 1996-98 Flagging the Republic, Sherman Galleries Goodhope, Sydney and touring to regional galleries 1997 Anon, Sherman Galleries Goodhope, Sydney 1996 La Cité Internationale des Arts, Paris Greg Weight, Artists’ Portraits, Manly Art Gallery and Museum, Sydney 1995 NICAF, Nagoya, Japan Smorgon Collection of Contemporary Art, Museum of Contemporary Art, Sydney Asia & Oceania Influence, Ivan Dougherty Gallery, College of Fine Arts, University of New South Wales, Sydney 1994 On Paper, Solander Gallery, Canberra 1993 On Paper, Sherman Galleries Goodhope, Sydney Australian Tapestries, Victoria and Albert Museum, London 1990 Central Street, Charles Nodrum Gallery, Melbourne; Ray Hughes Gallery, Sydney 1989 Painters’ Visions, Macquarie Galleries, Sydney Joye Art Foundation, Baudoin Lebon Gallery, Paris 1988 Macquarie Galleries, Sydney Australian Biennale, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney; National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne 1987 Field to Figuration 1960–86, National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne Art/ LA 87, Los Angeles Art Fair, USA 1986 A Resistant Spirit, Roslyn Oxley9 Gallery, Sydney; Realities Gallery, Melbourne 1985 Subject of Painting, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney Lecturers of East Sydney Technical College Art School, Sydney 1984 The Field Now, Heide Park and Art Gallery, Melbourne Recent Australian Painting, Art Gallery of South Australia, Adelaide 1983 Survey Australian Painting, Commonwealth Bank, Sydney Recent Australian Painting: A Survey 1973–83, Art Gallery of South Australia, Adelaide Aspects of the Landscape, Gallery 52, Perth Twelve Australian Painters, Art Gallery of Western Australia, Perth The Wrong Place: Five Sydney Painters, Tasmanian School of Art Gallery, University of Tasmania, Hobart 1982 ANZAAS 82 (Eleven Sydney Artists), Macquarie University Library, 8

Sydney Colour Painting, Jacques Spiess Gallery, Paris The Seventies: Australian Paintings and Tapestries From The National Australia Bank Collection, National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne 1981 Survey of the Seventies, Bendigo Art Gallery, VIC 1980 Opening Show, Axiom Gallery, Melbourne 1979 Cambodia, Central Street Gallery, Sydney 1978 Contemporary Australian Art to Indonesia, Landscape and Image, A.D.G.C. 1977 Australian Colourists, Western Australian Institute of Technology, Perth 1975 Ten Australians, Gallery A, Sydney 1974 Young New York Artists, travelling exhibition, USA 1972 Australian Paintings and Tapestries of The Past 20 Years, NSW House, London 1970 Max Hutchinson Gallery, New York Colour and Structure, Blaxland Gallery, Sydney 1969 São Paulo Bienal, Brazil. Gallery A, Sydney. Gallery A, Melbourne 1968 Renting Collection Exhibition, Pinacotheca Gallery, Melbourne Painters and Sculptors of the Gallery, Central Street Gallery, Sydney 21st Show, Central Street Gallery, Sydney Georges’ Invitation Art Prize Exhibition, Georges Gallery, Melbourne Pinacotheca, Melbourne. UNESCO Biennale, Museum Grimaldi, Cagnes-Sur-Mer, France. The Field, National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne; Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney 1967 Central Street Gallery, Sydney. New Generation Sydney, Gallery A, Sydney 1963-64 Young Commonwealth Artists, RBA Galleries, London. New Vision Centre, London. Qantas Gallery, Sydney. Australian Painting and Sculpture in Europe Today, Arts Centre Folkstone, London; Stadtliches Kunstinstitut Frankfurt-am-Main, Germany. John Moore’s Gallery, Liverpool, UK 1962-63 Molton Gallery, London 1962 Young Contemporaries, RBA Galleries, London. Commonwealth Festival Biennale, Commonwealth Institute, London


Awards and commissions 1989 Sydney Conference Centre, NSW 1986 Visual Arts Board (Artist-in-Residence), The University of Melbourne, Melbourne 1984 Mural, State Bank of New South Wales, NSW 1983 Tapestry, Waverley Council Civic Centre, Victoria 1981 Visual Arts Board (New York Studio), New York 1980 Camden Art Society (Works on Paper), NSW 1976 Gold Coast Art Prize (Painting), QLD 1975 Visual Arts Board (Artist-in-Residence grant), Sydney. James Cook University, Townsville, QLD 1974 Visual Arts Board (Grant), Sydney 1967 R. H. Taft’s Prize, Contemporary Art Society Annual Exhibition, Sydney

Hyatt Adelaide, SA, Hyatt on Collins, VIC Medibank, Sydney National Bank of Australasia, Melbourne Park Grand Hotel, NSW Philip Cox and Partners, NSW Sly and Weigall, NSW State Bank of Australia, Telstra, Sydney Westfield NSW, Westpac, NSW Westpac Collections, Sydney Yulara Tourist Resort, Northern Territory Chortwell Collections, Waikato Museum of Art and History, Hamilton, NZ Chase Manhattan, New York

Collections National Gallery of Australia, Canberra Art Gallery of New South Wale, Sydney Art Gallery of Western Australia, Perth National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne Queensland Art Gallery, Brisbane, Parliament House, Canberra Ballarat Art Gallery, VIC Burnie Art Gallery, TAS Gold Coast City Art Gallery Collection, QLD Newcastle Region Art Gallery, NSW New England Regional Art Museum, NSW Wollongong Art Gallery, NSW Australian National University, Canberra James Cook University, Townsville, QLD Monash University, Clayton, VIC The university of Melbourne Art Collection, Melbourne State Library of Western Australia, WA Camde3n Council Art Collection, NSW Townsville Council Art collection, QLD Waverly Council Art Collection, VIC Artbank, Joye Foundation, NSW Commonwealth Bank of Australia, NSW Commercial Union Insurance, VIC Daryl Jackson, VIC Holmes a Court Collection, Perth. 9


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LIMITED Michael Johnson 2019 Catalogue  

Limited edition prints by Michael Johnson

LIMITED Michael Johnson 2019 Catalogue  

Limited edition prints by Michael Johnson