Tim Johnson Biography

Born in Sydney

1966 – 70
Studied at the University of NSW and the Universtiy of Sydney

Lives and works in Sydney


Conspiracies, Dominik Mersch Gallery, Sydney

Open Source, Tolarno Galleries, Melbourne

Otherkin, Dominik Mersch Gallery, Sydney
Conceptual Work/ New Painting, Milani Gallery, Brisbane

The Luminous Ground, Ikon Gallery, Birmingham, England

Optic Nerve, Tolarno Galleries, Melbourne
Presence, Dominik Mersch Gallery, Sydney

Supernatural, Milani Gallery, Brisbane

Emulation, Dominik Mersch Gallery, Sydney
Worlds Apart, Tolarno Galleries, Melbourne
Painting Ideas, The Ian Potter Museum of Art, Brisbane

Emporium, Lister Gallery, Perth
Tim Johnson: Painting Ideas, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, Queensland Art Gallery, Brisbane
Embedded, Milani Gallery, Brisbane

Graphomania, Chapman Gallery, Canberra

Anomalous, Lister Gallery, Perth, WA
Nurture, Bellas Milani Gallery, Brisbane
Tim Johnson, Tolarno Galleries, Melbourne

Far Out, Tolarno Galleries, Melbourne
Full Moon, Bellas Milani Gallery, Brisbane
Punk Paintings and Prints, Bellas Milani Gallery, Brisbane

Serindia, Mori Gallery, Sydney

Insignia, Tolarno Galleries, Melbourne
Threads of Destiny, Mori Gallery, Sydney, (with My Le Thi)
Tim Johnson, Karyn Lovegrove Gallery, Los Angeles, USA
Tim Johnson, Bellas Gallery, Brisbane

Bellas Gallery, Brisbane

Tim Johnson, Lord Mori Gallery, Los Angeles, USA
Presence, Paddington Uniting Church, Sydney

What the Eye Knows, Tolarno Galleries, Melbourne
Collaborations, Bellas Gallery, Brisbane
Far Out, Mori Gallery, Sydney
Pure Land, Chapman Gallery, Canberra

Alien Land, Tolarno Galleries, Melbourne
The Sources are Real, Mori Gallery, Sydney
Tim Johnson and Karma Phuntsok, Bellas Gallery, Brisbane

On the Internet, Mori Gallery, Sydney
CD Installation, Tolarno Galleries, Melbourne

Chapman Gallery, Canberra

Tolarno Galleries, Melbourne
Non La, Bellas Gallery, Brisbane
4 Directions, Mori Gallery, Sydney

Tim Johnson, Glasgow Museum, Glasgow
Asia, Mori Gallery, Sydney
Chapman Gallery, Canberra

Shareware, Tolarno Galleries, Melbourne
Across Cultures, Ian Potter Gallery, University of Melbourne

Bellas Gallery, Brisbane
Visualisation, Mori Gallery, Sydney

Armageddon, Mori Gallery, Sydney
Chapman Gallery, Canberra

A Survey 1956 – 1989, Mori Gallery, Sydney
Tolarno Galleries, Melbourne

Richard Pomeroy Gallery, London, United Kingdom

Papunya Revisited, Bellas Gallery, Brisbane
Tolarno Galleries, Melbourne

Esoteric Landscape, Mori Gallery, Sydney
Languish, Institute of Modern Art, Brisbane

Conceptual Painting, Union Street Gallery, Sydney

The Drunken Boat, Mori Gallery, Sydney

The Wheel of Life, Mori Gallery, Sydney

Mori Gallery, Sydney

Gallery A, Sydney

University of Queensland, Brisbane

Diary, Voyeur, Fittings, Disclosures, etc., Pinacotheca, Melbourne

Installation as Conceptual Scheme, Inhibodress, Sydney

Off the Wall, Gallery A, Sydney


Art as a Verb, Flinders University Art Museum & City Gallery

Australia Royal Academy of Arts London, England
Four Corners of the World, Hite Collection, Seoul, Korea
Wildcards: Bill Henson Shuffles The Deck, Monash University Museum of Art, Melbourne
Dominik Mersch Gallery at Galerie Patrick Ebensperger, Berlin, Germany
Haute école d’art et design, Genève, Geneva, Switzerland
Nah Und Fern: Landscape Painting in the 21st Century, Dominik Mersch Gallery, Sydney

The Unseen, the 4th Guangzhou Triennial, Guangdong Museum of Art, Guangzhou, China
Biennale of Sydney, All Our Relations AGNSW, Australia
Exhibition7, Art of Australia, Kunstwerk Sammlung, Nussdorf, Germany
Together in Harmony, Australia-Korea show, National Museum of Contemporary Art, Seoul, Korea
Collaborative Witness: Artists’ responces to the plight of the asylum seeker and refugee, University of Queensland, Brisbane
Quest for Red, Macleay Museum, University of Sydney, Sydney

Tell me Tell me: Australian and Korean art 1976-2011, National Museum of Contemporary Art, Seoul, Korea

Roundabout, Wellington City Gallery, Wellington, New Zealand
Who’s Afraid of Red White & Blue, Monash University Museum of Art, Melbourne
Sacred Spaces, Newcastle Art Gallery, Newcastle

Gallery A 1964 – 1983, Campelltown City Art Gallery, Sydney
Avoiding Myth & Message: Australian artists and the literary world, Museum of Contemporary Art, Sydney
+/-, Monash University Museum of Art, Melbourne

The Visitors, Penrith Regional Gallery, Penrith
Peep, Tarrawarra Museum of Art, Melbourne
Drawn In, Australian National Gallery, Canberra
An Ever Expanding Universe, Perth Institute of Contemporary Arts, Perth
Yin Yang, SH Erwin Gallery, Sydney
Open Air, Portraits in the landscape, National Portrait Gallery, Canberra
Lives and Times: A Selection of Works on Tour from The Victorian Foundation for Living Australian Artists, National Gallery of Victoria touring exhibition
Avoiding myth & message: Australian artists and the literary world, Museum of Contemporary Art, Sydney
Selected works from the Vizard Foundation Art Collection of the 1990s, The Ian Potter Museum of Art, Melbourne

Bloodlines Hawkesbury Regional Gallery NSW
The Luminescent Ground, Wollongong Regional Art Gallery, Wollongong
Multipicity: Prints and Multiples, Museum of Contemporary Art, Sydney
Blast, the influence of Manga, Redcliffe Gallery Comple, Redcliffe
Smile of the Buddha, Drill Hall Gallery, Australian National University, Canberra

The Sound of the Sky, Northern Territory Museum, Darwin
Lives and Times, National Gallery of Victoria touring exhibition

The State of Art Peace, Manly Art Gallery, and touring
Pop, Queensland Art Gallery, Brisbane
White/Light Queensland Art Gallery, Brisbane
MCA Unpacked II – Selections from the MCA Collection, University of South Australia, Adelaide

MCA Unpacked II, Museum of Contemporary Art, Sydney
Fieldwork: Australian Art 1968 – 2002, National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne
Parallel Worlds, Tim Johnson and My Le Thi, UTS Gallery, Sydney
Art and About, Sydney Council art event, Sydney

Imaging Identity and Place, Grafton Regional Gallery, and touring
Points of View, UTS Art Collection, UTS Gallery
Sulman Prize, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney
White, Bellas Gallery, Brisbane
Contemporary Portraiture, National Portrait Gallery, Canberra
Tim Johnson, Lord Mori Gallery, Los Angeles, USA

Allen Allen & Hemsley
Fairfax Collection
Griffiths University
Museum of Contemporary Art, Brisbane
Museum of Contemporary Art, Sydney
Monash University
The Joseph Brown Collection
The Kerry Stokes Collection
UNSW Collection
All Australian state galleries
Australian National Gallery
Private Collections in Australia and overseas

1997 – 8
Australia Council Fellowship

Mosman Art Prize
Sceggs Redlands Konica Minolta Art Prize

Arthur Guy Memorial Painting Prize

Paddington Art Prize

James, Bruce. Monet Meets UFO, The Galleries, Arts, June 30, p 13.
Anne O’Hehir, Crossing Boundaries, Muse, March, p. 22
Morris Low, Crossing Boundaries, Catalogue.
Morris Low, ed. Crossing Boundaries (exh. cat.) Canberra: The Australian national University, Drill Hall Gallery.
Jackson Smith, Winning Work, 1997, John MacCaughey Memorial Art Prize Gallery, Feb – March, p 11.

Johnson, Vivien. Michael Jagamora Nelson, MN’s friend, p. 44. Collaboration with MN, p. 73 – 75.
Titmarsh, Mark, Innenseite At Kassel, Germany, Object, No. 4, p. 16 – 17.
Genocchio, Benjamin. Face / off. SMH, Metro, August 29 – Sept 4, p. 23.
Moore, Cationa, photos of My Generation, Photofile, p. 11 – 12.
Ingram, Terry, Sideshow eclipses main event. The Australian Financial Review, Saleroom, Thurs. July 10, p29.
Walker, Clinton. The Hippy Haters. Rolling Stone, March p. 59 – 62

Drury, Nevill & Voigt, Anna. Fire and Shadow, Spirituality in Contemporary Australian Art, p. 102 – 117.Drury, Nevill & Voigt, Anna. Bringing it all back Home. World Art, April, p38 – 43Benjamin, Roger. The Johnson Way of Art. Colonial Post Colonial (exh. cat.). Museum of Modern Art At Heide, p. 42 – 43Morrell, Timothy. Australia: Familiar and Strange, Contemporary Australian Art. Contemporary Australian Art, Familiar and Strange, Australia (exh. cat.). Soeul Arts Centre, Korea.

Green, Charles, Cultural Mediation and Mimicry. Peripheral Vision, Craftsman House. p. 130 – 132.
Weight, Greg. A Whole Lot of Possibilities. Australian Artist, No. 129, March, p. 26 – 34.
Benjamin, Roger. Jointly and Severally: The Johnson Way of Art. Antipodean Currents, (exh. cat.), Guggenheim Musuem. p. 58 – 69
Timms, Peter. Mixing Images to expose Truth. Herald Sun, Arts and Entertainment, Tues., April 4, p. 55.
Slattery, Luke. Palatable Truths in Big Apple. The Australilan.

Fenner, Felicity. A Genre Beyond Grunge. SMH, Arts, May 27, p. 19.
Drury, Nevill. Images two: Contemporary Australian Painting. Sydney: Craftsman House.
Hart, Deborah. Identities: Art from Australia. In Identities: Art from Australia )exh. cat.) Taipei: Taipei Fine Arts Museum, p. 19.
Kavanagh, John. Borrowing from Livelier Cultures. Business Review Weekly (Sydney), May 16, p. 94 – 95
Rigney, Virginia. Tim Johnson. In Tim Johnson (exh. cat.). Glasgow: Glasgow Museum, p. 2.
Waterlow, Nick. ed. Twenty-five Years of Performance Art in Australia (exh. cat.) Sydney: Ivan Doughty Gallery.

Rooney, Robert. A cross the Great Divide. Weekend Review, Arts / Galleries, 7 – 8 August, p. 13.
Johnson, Tim. Across Cultures, (exh. cat.). Melbourne, The University of Melbourne Museum of Art, Ian Potter Gallery.
Bond, Anthony. Tim Johnson. In the Ninth Biennale of Sydney: The Boundary Rider (cat.), Art Gallery of NSW, p. 126 – 127
Fenner, Felicity. Boundary Rider Lost in Space. SMH, 9 Jan. p. 37
Ingram, Terry. Johnson’s Buddha Earmarked for New Atlantis. Financial Review (Sydney), May 6, p. 34
Johnson, Tim. Shareware (exh. cat.), Melbourne: Tolarno Galleries
Campbell, Kay. Wit’s End (exh. cat.) Sydney. Museum of Contemporary Art.

Fanelli, Franco. If Art is Dead, is the Artist a Zombie? The Art Newspaper, no. 20. July – Sept. Exhibition, p. 9.
Fenner, Felicity. Documenta Puts Australia on the Map. SMH. Sat. 13 June.
Hoet, Jan. ed. Documenta 9 (exh. cat). Kassel: Documenta.
Marcon, Morco. Documenta 9: Two Views. Australian Art Monthly (Canberra), no. 52, August, p. 3 – 4.
Boundary Rider (exh. cat.) Sydney: Art Gallery of NSW, p. 126 – 127.
Cramer, Sue. Johnson (exh. cat.) Sydney: Mori Gallery.
McDonald, John. Documenta Attacks Concepts of Taste. SMH, Saturday, August 29.
Findlay, Ian. Journeys of Time and Place. Asian Art News (Hong Kong), May – June, p. 25 – 29.
Gates, Merryn. Collaborations between Artists (exh. cat.), Melbourne; Ian Potter Gallery.
Schubert, Robert. Domino 1: Collaborations Between Artists. Agenda, Issue 25, Sept. / Oct. p. 11
Lynn, Elwyn. Theme Lost in Loose Display. The Australian (Sydney), August 1, Weekend Review, p. 26.
Findlay, Ian. Journeys of Time and Place. Asian Art News, vol. 2., No. 3, May/June, p. 25 – 29.
Johnson, Tim. Future Theory. Kerb Your Dog (Sydney), no. 12, p. 9.
Hill, Peter. Oz and Documenta. The Bulletin. July 14, p. 85
Broinowski, Alison. The Yellow Lady, Australian Impressions of Asia, p. 156.

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