Online Viewing Space | Peter Atkins TV WEEK 1980-1985 | 26 August to 23 September

Online Viewing Space | Tim Johnson | Parallel Universe | 11 September to 3 October 2020

Online Viewing Space | Tim Johnson | Parallel Universe | 11 September to 3 October 2020

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Tim Johnson

Parallel Universe
Online Viewing Space
11 September to 3 October 2020

If a painting is a portal to another dimension, then the canvases of Tim Johnson are magic carpets, each one an invitation to embark on a voyage through the acclaimed Sydney-based artist’s personal cosmology. Revealing his sustained interest in Buddhism and other Eastern traditions, these serenely composed constellations of figures, objects and symbols inhabit an exalted space free from everyday concerns.

Johnson’s first show in five years with Tolarno Galleries, which has represented him since 1987, ‘Parallel Universe’ brings together 12 new paintings, five of them made in collaboration with Daniel Bogunovic, a self-taught artist who lives in LA.

Our thanks to curator-at-large Tony Magnusson and Thirdrow Films for capturing a rare glimpse inside the studio with Tim Johnson to accompany this online exhibition.


Congratulations to A&A – Adam Goodrum and Arthur Seigneur on their shortlisting for the prestigious Dezeen Awards 2020 in the furniture design category. The nomination is for Exquisite Corpse, their debut collection of three works – a tallboy, credenza and console, with each bold and innovatively designed piece finished with thousands of individual, hand-dyed strands of straw. Exquisite Corpse premiered at Tolarno Galleries in March as part of Melbourne Design Week.

Coming soon! In October, Tolarno Galleries will present a new A&A tallboy for the Sydney Contemporary ‘presents 2020’ online event.

Photograph by Victoria Zschommler.

Peter Atkins

TV Week 1980-1985
Online Viewing Space
26 August to 23 September 2020

A new series of small abstract paintings by Peter Atkins, playing on cultural memories of small screen heroes and villains from the 1980s.

TV Week 1980-1985 attempts to locate pure monochromatic colour within the specific era of the early to mid-1980s. The pastel blues and pinks along with the quintessentially ’80s fluorescent greens and yellows remind us that colour can transport us into another time and emotional space.
The sensational headline ‘Why Jack Thompson Posed Nude’ coupled with the evocative ’Inside Kamahl’s Sydney Mansion’ was the first work in the series which came from the cover of a magazine picked up in a flea market and led into the entire project as more and more magazines were sourced online.
It appeared that each magazine had increasingly more ridiculous headlines, and titles such as ‘Jamie Redfern – Liberace Was Like A Father to Me’ and ‘New Sexy Rolf Harris’ take on a different meaning, adding a somewhat sinister tone, especially when viewed through the lens of history. It’s almost impossible to look back at these magazines with their lurid headlines and storylines and not marvel at the apparent innocence of the 1980s, especially when viewed from the world’s current context.” – Peter Atkins, Melbourne, August 2020

Image: Peter Atkins’ 2019 TV Week series of paintings in his Melbourne studio. Acrylic on board, each painting 28 x 21 cm, 51.5 x 41.5 cm framed.