‘Arthur Rimbaud’ was first exhibited in Tim Johnson’s exhibition Nom de plume. Within this golden work, the artist fuses Buddhist imagery from Tibetan, Chinese and Japanese traditions with dot work that he learned while living with Papunya artists in the 1980s. Suspended in the centre of this floating world is the enfant terrible of French Poetry, Arthur Rimbaud, referencing Johnson’s formative obsessions. Other influences that pepper the works in this exhibition include UFOs, World Cinema, and Romantic poets such as Gerard De Nerval (who kept a pet lobster).
Tim Johnson is a celebrated Sydney-based artist whose practices have continually been at the forefront of contemporary art in Australia. He has exhibited widely in Australia and internationally with major works shown at Documenta IX in Kassel, Germany, the Guggenheim Museum, New York, the Royal Academy of Arts, London, the Gallery of Modern Art in Queensland, the Ian Potter Museum of Art, the Art Gallery of NSW, the 6th, 9th and 18th Biennale of Sydney, Australian Perspecta ’83’, the Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art, Seoul, the National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne, the Museum of Contemporary Art, Australia, amongst other institutions.