Tim Johnson

Painting ideas

This major survey exhibition begins with Johnson’s activities as a conceptual and performance artist in the early 1970s and co-founder of the Inhibodress artists’ collective in Sydney. In addition to performance documentation, films and artists’ books from the early 1970s, this section also includes his punk music paintings and prints.

Art Exhibition previously on at Ian Potter Museum of Art in Flinders Lane precinct, Victoria, Australia.
From Wednesday 11 November 2009 to Sunday 14 February 2010

Green Tara 2005 image

Published by Ian Potter Museum of Art on Friday 06 March 2009.
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The major section of the exhibition commences with paintings that came from Johnson’s first visits to Papunya in the late 1970s and early 1980s and his subsequent collaborations with Aboriginal artists including Michael Jagamara Nelson and Clifford Possum Tjapaltjarri. Johnson’s concurrent interest in Buddhism and Asian iconography from diverse sources is also explored. The rest of the exhibition is devoted to the impressive paintings and other works that developed from Johnson’s interest in tracing an often eclectic, at times controversial, equivalence between artistic and spiritual practices across many cultures and countries.