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Tim Johnson: Painting Ideas

Two Pheonix

Tim Johnson | Australia b.1947 | Brendan Smith | Australia b.1964 | Two phoenix 2005 | Synthetic polymer paint on canvas | 153 x 183cm | Purchased 2006 with funds from Macquarie Bank Foundation through and with the assistance of the Queensland Art Gallery Foundation | Collection: Queensland Art Gallery


Tim Johnson | After Mt Meru: White tara 1999 | Purchased 1999. | Queensland Art Gallery Foundation Collection: Queensland Art Gallery

Tim Johnson: Painting Ideas

20 June – 11 October 2009 Galleries 3.1 & 3.2, GoMA

A visionary and often eclectic search for artistic and spiritual connections between cultures and countries is at the core of Tim Johnson’s art. This major survey exhibition will range from Johnson’s light performances, films and artist books of the early 1970s to his mature collaborative paintings.

The exhibition will focus on the humanist conceptual project that underlies Johnson’s practice, his engagement with Aboriginal culture and belief in collaboration, and his search for spiritual meaning influenced by Buddhist and other philosophies.

Organised by the Art Gallery of New South Wales and the Queensland Art Gallery.

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This exhibition is supported by the Contemporary Touring Initiative through Visions of Australia, an Australian Government program, and the Visual Arts and Craft Strategy, an initiative of the Australian State and Territory Governments.


‘Tim Johnson: Painting Ideas’ will be accompanied by a major publication with essays by co-curators Wayne Tunnicliffe (Senior Curator, Contemporary Art, Art Gallery of New South Wales) and Julie Ewington (Curatorial Manager, Australian Art, Queensland Art Gallery), as well as Dr Chris McAuliffe, Professor Roger Benjamin and Dr Donna Leslie. The exhibition catalogue is available from the Gallery Store and online.