4 December 2013 – 9 February 2014
IKON Gallery, Birmingham,UK
An exhibition of recent and new paintings by Tim Johnson, an Australian artist primarily concerned with the communication of unseen phenomena and 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, Bodhisattvas and Native Americans as well as aboriginal figures, Tibetan monks, Vietnamese farmers and extra- terrestrials.
BILL HENSON, TIM JOHNSON, ROSEMARY LAING and JUDY WATSON
21 September 2013 – 8 December 2013
The Royal Academy of Art, London, UK
Marking the first major survey of Australian art in the UK for 50 years, this exhibition will span more than 200 years from 1800 to the present day.
Including works by Bill Henson, Tim Johnson, Rosemary Laing and Judy Watson.
Arthur Guy Memorial Painting Prize 2011
Tim Johnson is the winner of the $50,000 Arthur Guy Paintung Prize. Selected from a shortlist of 37 artists, Johnson’s winning work, Community Base depicts western desert artists living, creating artworks and being in community.
Tim Johnson describes the painting as showing ‘Western Desert artists such as Clifford Possum and Charlie Tarawa at camp sites with their paintings at Papunya and Kintore. The painting is an acknowledgement of them and their place in art. It puts forward a model of what art can be; a community based model where art is created about a community, by the people who live there. It is presenting ideas and imagery that come from real events and artists who became important in Australian art yet lived in remote communities. Because of my background in conceptual art I am influenced by what these artists have done, and have tried to take on board some of their ideas. I believe they show a way of reaching out beyond your own environment.’