Tim Johnson, Mahakala, 2017, acrylic on linen (with Daniel Bogunovic), 152 x 121 cm
Tim Johnson

Tim Johnson (b.1947) is a Sydney artist who has been at the forefront of contemporary art practice in Australia. Influenced by conceptual art, encompassing an extensive range of media, from performance art, live music, photography and painting, his artistic practice is important in the discussions about Australia’s interconnection with Asia and Eastern philosophy in comparison to the Western heritage.

Tim Johnson has been extensively exhibited in Biennales, Documenta IX and has had a major survey exhibition in the Art Gallery of NSW, 2009. Johnson’s work is held in major public collections throughout Australia, including Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, Griffith University Art Museum, Brisbane; National Gallery of Australia, Canberra; National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne, Queensland Art Gallery | Gallery of Modern Art, Brisbane; University of Queensland Art Museum, Brisbane; and University of New South Wales, Sydney.


1984 Born in Sydney
1966-70 Studied at the University of NSW and the University of Sydney
Present Lives and works in Sydney
2021 “INTER-ARE,” Nancy Sever Gallery, Canberra
2016 Conspiracies, Dominik Mersch Gallery, Sydney
2015 Open Source, Tolarno Galleries, Melbourne
2014 Otherkin, Dominik Mersch Gallery, Sydney
Conceptual Work/ New Painting, Milani Gallery, Brisbane
2013 The Luminous Ground, Ikon Gallery, Birmingham, England
2012 Optic Nerve, Tolarno Galleries, Melbourne
Presence, Dominik Mersch Gallery, Sydney
2011 Supernatural, Milani Gallery, Brisbane
2010 Emulation, Dominik Mersch Gallery, Sydney
Worlds Apart, Tolarno Galleries, Melbourne
Painting Ideas, The Ian Potter Museum of Art, Brisbane
2009 Emporium, Lister Gallery, Perth
Tim Johnson: Painting Ideas, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney,
Queensland Art Gallery, Brisbane
Embedded, Milani Gallery, Brisbane
2008 Graphomania, Chapman Gallery, Canberra
2007 Anomalous, Lister Gallery, Perth, WA
Nurture, Bellas Milani Gallery, Brisbane
Tim Johnson, Tolarno Galleries, Melbourne
2005 Far Out, Tolarno Galleries, Melbourne
Full Moon, Bellas Milani Gallery, Brisbane
Punk Paintings and Prints, Bellas Milani Gallery, Brisbane
2004 Serindia, Mori Gallery, Sydney
2003 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
2002 Bellas Gallery, Brisbane
2001 Tim Johnson, Lord Mori Gallery, Los Angeles, USA
Presence, Paddington Uniting Church, Sydney
2000 What the Eye Knows, Tolarno Galleries, Melbourne
Collaborations, Bellas Gallery, Brisbane
Far Out, Mori Gallery, Sydney
Pure Land, Chapman Gallery, Canberra
1998 Alien Land, Tolarno Galleries, Melbourne
The Sources are Real, Mori Gallery, Sydney
Tim Johnson and Karma Phuntsok, Bellas Gallery, Brisbane
1997 On the Internet, Mori Gallery, Sydney
CD Installation, Tolarno Galleries, Melbourne
1996 Chapman Gallery, Canberra
1995 Tolarno Galleries, Melbourne
Non La, Bellas Gallery, Brisbane
4 Directions, Mori Gallery, Sydney
1994 Tim Johnson, Glasgow Museum, Glasgow
Asia, Mori Gallery, Sydney
Chapman Gallery, Canberra
1993 Shareware, Tolarno Galleries, Melbourne
Across Cultures, Ian Potter Gallery, University of Melbourne
1992 Bellas Gallery, Brisbane
Visualisation, Mori Gallery, Sydney
1991 Armageddon, Mori Gallery, Sydney
Chapman Gallery, Canberra
1989 A Survey 1956 – 1989, Mori Gallery, Sydney
Tolarno Galleries, Melbourne
1988 Richard Pomeroy Gallery, London, United Kingdom
1987 Papunya Revisited, Bellas Gallery, Brisbane
Tolarno Galleries, Melbourne
1986 Esoteric Landscape, Mori Gallery, Sydney
Languish, Institute of Modern Art, Brisbane
1985 Conceptual Painting, Union Street Gallery, Sydney
1984 The Drunken Boat, Mori Gallery, Sydney
11982 The Wheel of Life, Mori Gallery, Sydney
1979 Mori Gallery, Sydney
1977 Gallery A, Sydney
1973 University of Queensland, Brisbane
1972 Diary, Voyeur, Fittings, Disclosures, etc., Pinacotheca, Melbourne
1971 Installation as Conceptual Scheme, Inhibodress, Sydney
1970 Off the Wall, Gallery A, Sydney
2015 Art as a Verb, Flinders University Art Museum & City Gallery
2013 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
2012 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
2010 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
2009 Gallery A 1964 – 1983, Campelltown City Art Gallery, Sydney
Avoiding Myth & Message: Australian artists and the literary world,
Museum of Contemporary Art, Sydney
2008 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
2007 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
2006 The Sound of the Sky, Northern Territory Museum, Darwin
Lives and Times, National Gallery of Victoria touring exhibition
2004 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
2003 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
2002 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

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