Often described as ‘floating worlds,’ Tim Johnson’s extraordinarily compelling paintings embrace the spiritual iconography of a range of cultures. With his own unique artistic language, his paintings are an infusion of pulsating, floating and shimmering landscapes, fields of colour, dots and multi cultural iconography, mythology and imagery. In combination the visual energy and infusion of Australian Aboriginal Papunya dot painting, Buddhist, Hindu, Tibetan, Chinese and Japanese symbols from traditional and contemporary culture is somewhat transporting or transcendental, to a different consciousness or metaphysical field, ‘floating world’ or ‘Buddhist Pure Land’. Cross cultural referencing in Johnson’s paintings is implemented through a process of intellectual involvement, respect, collective dialogue and collaboration with artists from different cultural and religious traditions, a result of Johnson’s belief in an art that is induced from life experience.
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.