Tim Johnson



1947 Born in Sydney. Lives and works in Sydney.

1966-70 Studied at the University of New South Wales and the University of Sydney.

1997-8 Australia Council Fellowship.

1999 Mosman Art Prize.

Sceggs Redlands Art Prize.


Solo Exhibitions (Selected)

1970 Off the Wall, Gallery A, Sydney.

1971 Installation as Conceptual Scheme, Inhibodress, Sydney.

1972 Diary, Voyeur, Fittings, Disclosures, etc., Pinacotheca, Melbourne.

1973 University of Queensland, Brisbane.

1977 Gallery A, Sydney.

1979 Mori Gallery, Sydney.

1982 Wheel of Life, Mori Gallery, Sydney.

1984 The Drunken Boat, Mori Gallery, Sydney.

1985 Conceptual Painting, Union Street Gallery, Sydney.

1986 Esoteric Landscape, Mori Gallery, Sydney.

Languish, Institute of Modern Art, Brisbane.

1987 Papunya Revisited, Bellas Gallery, Brisbane.

Tolarno Galleries, Melbourne.

1988 Richard Pomeroy Gallery, London.

1989 A Survey 1956-1989, Mori Gallery, Sydney.

Tolarno Galleries, Melbourne.

1991 Armageddon, Mori Gallery, Sydney.

Chapman Gallery, Canberra.

1992 Bellas Gallery, Brisbane.

Visualisation, Mori Gallery, Sydney.

1993 Shareware, Tolarno Galleries, Melbourne.

Across Cultures, Ian Potter Gallery, University of Melbourne.

1994 Tim Johnson, Glasgow Museum, Glasgow.

Asia, Mori Gallery, Sydney.

Chapman Gallery, Canberra.

1995 Tolarno Galleries, Melbourne.

Non La, Bellas Gallery, Brisbane.

4 Directions, Mori Gallery, Sydney.

1996 Chapman Gallery, Canberra.

1997 On The Internet, Mori Gallery, Sydney.

CD installation, Tolarno Galleries, Melbourne.

1998 Alien Land, Tolarno Galleries, Melbourne.

The Sources are Real, Mori Gallery, Sydney.

Tim Johnson and Karma Phuntsok, Bellas Gallery, Brisbane.

2000 What the Eye Knows, Tolarno Galleries, Melbourne.

Collaborations, Bellas Gallery, Brisbane.

Far out, Mori Gallery, Sydney.

Pure Land, Chapman Gallery, Canberra.

2001 Tim Johnson, Lord Mori Gallery, Los Angeles, USA.

Presence, Paddington Uniting Church, Sydney,

2002 Bellas Gallery, Brisbane.

2003 Insignia, Tolarno Galleries, Melbourne.

Threads of Destiny, Mori Gallery, Sydney, (with My Le Thi).

Karyn Lovegrove Gallery, LA, USA.

Bellas Gallery, Brisbane.

2004 Serindia, Mori Gallery, Sydney.

2005 Far Out, Tolarno Galleries

Full Moon, Bellas Milani Gallery, Brisbane,Queensland

2006 Punk Paintings and Prints, Bellas Milani Gallery, Brisbane, Queensland

2007 Anomalous, Lister Gallery, Perth WA

Nurture, Bellas Milani Gallery, Brisbane, Queensland

Tim Johnson, Tolarno Galleries, Melbourne, Victoria

2008 Graphomania, Chapman Gallery, Canberra, ACT

2009 Emporium, Lister gallery, Perth,WA

Tim Johnson: Painting Ideas, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney,  Queensland Art Gallery/Gallery of Modern Art, Brisbane & Ian Potter Museum of Art, Melbourne. 

Group Exhibitions (Selected)

1973 Recent Australian Art, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney.

1979 Third Biennale of Sydney: European Dialogue, (Film program), Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney.

1983 Australian Perspecta ’83, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney.

1984 The Politics of Picturing, Institute of Modern Art and Tasmanian School of Art Gallery, Tasmania.

1985 Dot and Circle, Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology, Melbourne.

Close Remarks, Artspace, Sydney.

Two Worlds Collide: Cultural Convergence in Aboriginal and White Australian Art, Artspace, Sydney.

1986 Two Worlds, Lismore Regional Gallery.

Sixth Biennale of Sydney: Origins, Originality and Beyond, Art Gallery of New South Wales and Pier 2/3, Sydney.

Symbolism and Landscape, Ivan Dougherty Gallery, Sydney.

1987 Shadow of Reason, Institute of Modern Art, Brisbane.

Young Australians, National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne.

A New Romance, ANG, Drill Hall Gallery, Canberra.

1988 Creating Australia: 200 years of Art 1788-1988, AGSA, Adelaide.

Stories of Australian Art, Commonwealth Institute, London.

Contemporary Australian Art to China, state museums of Beijing, Wuhan, Shanghai, and Guangzhou.

1989 Inhibodress 1970-72, Institute of Modern Art, Brisbane.

1990 Paraculture, Artists Space, New York.

Art Frankfurt, Kunstmesse, Frankfurt.

Out of Asia, Heide Gallery, Melbourne and Regional Galleries.

L’Été Australien à Montpelier, Musee Fabre Galerie Saint Ravy, Montpelier, France.

Balance, Queensland Art Gallery, Brisbane.

Art Dock, Noumea, New Caledonia.

1991 Chicago International Fine Art Fair, Chicago, USA.

Off the Wall/In the Air: A Seventies Selection, Monash University Gallery, Melbourne.

Artists Make Books, Linden gallery, Melbourne.

Rivers, Australian Centre for Contemporary Art, Melbourne.

1992 Documenta IX, Kassel, Germany.

International Contemporary Art Fair, Pacifico Yokohama. Exhibition Hall, Japan.

Domino I: Collaborations Between Artists, Ian Potter Gallery, Melbourne.

1992-93 Ninth Biennale of Sydney: The Boundary Rider, Art Gallery of New South Wales and Bond Store 3/4, Sydney.

1993 Wits End, Museum of Contemporary Art, Sydney.

Art Frankfurt, Messe Frankfurt, Frankfurt, Germany.

Art Cologne, Koln Messe, Cologne, Germany.

Luminaries, Monash University, Melbourne.

Inaugural Exhibition, Museum of Modern Art at Heide, Melbourne.

1993-94 Identities: Art from Australia, Taipei Fine Arts Museum, Taiwan; Wollongong City Gallery and Gold Coast City Art Gallery, Queensland.

1994 Light and Movement, Museum Contemporary Art, Sydney.

25 Years of Performance Art in Australia, Ivan Dougherty Gallery, Sydney.

1995 Antipodean Currents, Guggenheim Museum, New York.

Asia & Oceania Influence, Ivan Dougherty Gallery, Sydney.

1996 Hidden Treasures II, S.H. Erwin Gallery, Sydney.

Colonial, Post-Colonial, Museum of Modern Art, Heide, Melbourne.

Art Cologne, Cologne Germany.

Australia: Familiar and Strange, Seoul Arts Centre, Korea.

1997 Spirit + Place, MCA Sydney.

Objects + Ideas, MCA, Sydney.

Plastic Fantastic, MCA, Sydney.

Inside, University of Kassel, Kassel, Germany.

Similar, (with My Le Thi) 4A Gallery, Sydney.

Dead Sun, AGNSW, Sydney, NSW

MacCaughey Prize exhibition, National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne.

1998 Mingling of Cultures, National Gallery of Australia, Canberra.

Crossing Boundaries, (with Zen Yipu and My Le Thi), The Drill Hall, ANU, Canberra.

Wilderness Society Exhibition, Mori Gallery, Sydney.

Verve, S.H. Erwin Gallery, Sydney.

Commonwealth Art, Malaysia.

Be Seeing You: one night of video, Mori Gallery, Sydney.

Dylan, Tim Johnson and Greg Weight, Michael Nagy Fine Art, Sydney.

1998-99 Ways of Being, Ivan Dougherty Gallery, Sydney, and touring Australia.

1999 Tolarno Galleries, Perth Festival, Perth.

We are Australian, National Touring Exhibition, Melbourne.

Bright and Shining, 4A Gallery, Sydney.

Bright and Shining, Tokyo, Australian Embassy, Tokyo.

Global Arts link inaugural exhibition, Ipswich, Queensland.

Chicago Art Fair, Chicago, USA.

The Rose Crossing, Queensland Art Gallery; Hong Kong Arts Centre, Hong Kong.

What John Berger Saw, ANU, and touring.

The Chartwell Collection, Auckland Art Gallery, New Zealand.

3rd Asia Pacific Triennial, Queensland Art Gallery,  Brisbane, Queensland.

2000 The Rose Crossing, Singapore Art Museum, Singapore; S.H. Ervin Gallery, Sydney; Campbelltown City Bicentennial Art Gallery, Sydney.

Restricting to Palette, Colour and Land, Canberra, ACT

From Appreciation to Appropriation, Adelaide Arts Festival, Adelaide, South Australia

Project 2/2000, an affiliated exhibition of Biennale of Sydney, The University of Sydney, Sydney, NSW

Flight Patterns, MOCA, Los Angeles, USA.

Expressions of Faith, Shenpen Australia, Vaucluse, NSW.

2001 The Mandala Project, Gallery 4A, Asian Australian Arts Centre, Sydney, NSW.

3 Views of Emptiness, Monash University, Victoria.

Art/Music: rock, pop, techno, Museum of Contemporary Art, Sydney, NSW.

Buddha Radiant Awakening, Art Gallery of NSW, Yab Yum, Contemporary Project.

Shenpen2, Melbourne.

Viet Nam Voices, Melbourne Museum, Melbourne.

Absolut L.A. International Biennial Art Invitational, Los Angeles, USA.

2001-02 ‘So you wanna be a rock star’, National Portrait Gallery, Canberra.

2002 Imaging Identity and Place, Grafton Regional Gallery, and touring NSW.

Points of View, UTS Art Collection, UTS Gallery, NSW.

Sulman Prize, AGNSW.

White, Bellas Gallery, Brisbane.

Contemporary Portraiture. National Portrait Gallery, Canberra

2003 MCA Unpacked II, Museum of Contemporary Art, Sydney

Fieldwork: Australian Art 1968-2002, NGV, Melbourne.

Parallel Worlds, Tim Johnson and My Le Thi, UTS Gallery, NSW.

Art and about Sydney Council Visual art event, Sydney.

2004 The State of Art Peace, Manly Art Gallery, and touring NSW. Pop, Queensland Art Gallery, Brisbane, Queensland White/Light Queensland Art Gallery, Brisbane, Queensland

MCA Unpacked II - Selections from the MCA Collection, University of S.A., Adelaide, S.A.

2006 The Sound of the Sky NT Museum, Darwin, NT

Lives and Times, NGV touring exhibition

2007 Bloodlines Hawkesbury Regional Gallery NSW

The Luminescent Ground Wollongong Regional Gallery, NSW

Multiplicity: Prints and Multiples, MCA Sydney, NSW

Blast, the influenceof Manga, Redcliffe Gallery Comple, Redcliffe, NSW

Smile of the Buddha, Drill Hall Gallery, ANU Canberra, ACT

2008 The Visitors, Penrith Regional Gallery, Penrith NSW

Peep, Tarrawarra Museum of Art, Melbourne, Victoria

Drawn In, Australian National Gallery, Canberra ACT

An Ever Expanding Universe, Perth Institute of Contemporary Arts, Perth, WA

Yin Yang SH Erwin Gallery Sydney NSW Open Air,

Portraits in the landscape, National Portrait Gallery, Canberra ACT 2009

Gallery A 1964-1983, Campbelltown City Art Gallery,NSW

Avoiding myth & message: Australian artists and the literary world, Museum of Contemporary Art, Sydney, NSW

2016 Sugar Spin: You, me, art and everything, Queensland Art Gallery/Gallery of Modern Art, Brisbane

Beyond the Tower: UQ Art Museum - 40 years and counting, University of Queensland Art Museum, Brisbane 


Allen Allen & Hemsley

Fairfax Collection

Griffiths University, Brisbane

MOCA Brisbane

Monash University Museum of Art, Melbourne

The Joseph Brown Collection

The Kerry Stokes Collection, Perth

UNSW, Sydney

All Australian state galleries 

National Gallery of Australia, Canberra

University of Queensland Art Museum, Brisbane.

Private collections in Australia and overseas


Artist Talks:

1988 ICA London.

Sydney University, Sydney.

1993 Art Gallery of New South Wales.

1995 University of Queensland

University of New South Wales.

1998 National Gallery of Australia

Ivan Dougherty Gallery.

1999 Sydney University, Sydney.

School of Art, Australian National University

Dubbo Gallery, Dubbo, NSW.

Australian Embassy, Tokyo

2000 Sydney University, Sydney.

AGNSW, ‘Conversation with Artists’.

2004 QLD Gallery, Brisbane.



1993 Guest Lecture, Northern Territory University, Darwin.

1994 Residential Landscape Workshop, Flying Art School, Lake Julius, Queensland.

1998 Electronic Identities in East Asia Workshop, ANU, Canberra.

1999 Visiting Fellow, Canberra School of Art, ANU.

Ways of Being Workshop, Dubbo, NSW.

2000 Sydney University, Sydney.

2001-03 Sydney College of the Arts, Sydney.



McLean, Ian. Rattling Spears: A History of Indigenous Australian Art. Reaktion Books Ltd, 2016, pp. 138, 156.