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b. 1967, Australia

Tim Johnson Biography

Tim Johnson is primarily concerned with the communication of unseen phenomena, visionary in his apprehension of spiritual dimensions through artistic practice. His style of painting is eclectic in the extreme, owing much to Australian aboriginal traditions of the Central Desert – developed to convey narratives in landscape that are invisible to the uninitiated – and populated by the Buddha, Bodhisttvas, Native Americans as well as aboriginal figures, Tibetan monks, Vietnamese farmers, extra-terrestrials and Christian worthies.  They co-exist in fields of dots and circles, or float across shimmering colour, to exemplify a fundamental understanding that is at once humanist and conceptual.

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Concerning the diversity of cultural influences on his work, Johnson explains, “Like a poem, every part doesn’t have to be logical or located in the same time-space continuum.  A painting can create a fragmented reality that is interpreted by the viewer.  Everyone sees things differently anyway.  I create a collage of imagery in the work – fragmented like life itself.”  This is concomitant with an enthusiasm for artistic collaboration, whereby he often invites others to contribute directly to his canvases.  They might be members of his family, Australian aboriginal painters such as Turkey Tolson Tjupurrula or Clifford Possum Tjapaltjarri, or the American-based artist Daniel Bogunovic, who specialises in flying saucers and cartoon characters.

Tim Johnson Featured Artworks

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Leadbelly by Tim Johnson contemporary artwork
Tim JohnsonLeadbelly, 2020Acrylic on canvas
36 x 46 cm
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Thredbo River by Tim Johnson contemporary artwork
Tim JohnsonThredbo River, 2020Acrylic on linen
101 x 137 cm
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Thredbo by Tim Johnson contemporary artwork
Tim JohnsonThredbo, 2020Acrylic on linen
152 x 183 cm
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New Metamorphosis 2 by Tim Johnson contemporary artwork
Tim JohnsonNew Metamorphosis 2, 2020Acrylic on linen
152 x 183 cm
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Yogini by Tim Johnson contemporary artwork
Tim JohnsonYogini, 2020Acrylic on linen
183 x 201 cm
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Clemency by Tim Johnson contemporary artwork
Tim JohnsonClemency, 2020Acrylic on canvas
183 x 244 cm
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Stupa by Tim Johnson contemporary artwork
Tim JohnsonStupa, 2020Acrylic on linen
183 x 152 cm
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Approaching Mt Meru by Tim Johnson contemporary artwork
Tim JohnsonApproaching Mt Meru, 2017Acrylic on linen
183 x 152 cm
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Tim Johnson Recent Exhibitions

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Contemporary art exhibition, Tim Johnson, Parallel Universe at Tolarno Galleries, Online Only, Melbourne
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11 September–3 October 2020 Tim Johnson Parallel Universe Tolarno GalleriesOnline Only
Contemporary art exhibition, Group Exhibition, @50 Part 2 at Tolarno Galleries, Melbourne
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28 July–12 August 2017 Group Exhibition @50 Part 2 Tolarno GalleriesMelbourne
Contemporary art exhibition, Group Exhibition, @50 Part 1 at Tolarno Galleries, Melbourne
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6–22 July 2017 Group Exhibition @50 Part 1 Tolarno GalleriesMelbourne

Tim Johnson Represented By

Tolarno Galleries contemporary art gallery in Melbourne, Australia Tolarno Galleries Melbourne

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