Tim Olsen Gallery
Matthew  Johnson

Matthew Johnson

Johnson's pigmented surfaces demonstrate a delight in the application and layering of paint. His studio is full of precious pigments that recall the work of Japanese nihonga- style painters who are trained in traditional methods of mixing rare pigments. Often made from natural materials such as shell, nihongo-style painters mix pigments that glisten with different textures Johnson uses the iridescent pigment iriodin which is made from sand to imbue the canvases with an effervescent glow.

In the series Ambrosial light, an intimate scale is enhanced by a tranquil palette. The fragility and delicacy of the fine grid is overlaid with pastel colours from sumptuous lilacs to misty blues. Like wafts of clouds, these smaller paintings seem hazy as colour is distilled into harmonious pools of light. Dissipating spheres suggest an experimental quality reinforced by the fact that Johnson sensitively observes shifting light sources throughout the day. The saturated and bleached light of Australian conditions imbues these works with a silken, atmospheric quality. Ultimately, Johnson inflects his abstraction with a reverie for texture and light.

Nathalie King

– Extract from 'Conversation with the artist', Exhibition Catalogue, March, 2000

Born 1963 London. Lives and works in Melbourne.
Education and Employment
1982-84 National Art School, Higher Art Certificate, Sydney
2007- Associate, Design Research Group, Faculty of the Built Environement UNSW, Sydney
Solo Exhibitions
2010              Greenhill Gallery, Perth

2010              Resonance, Fireworks Gallery, Queensland

2009              Tim Olsen Gallery
2008 Tim Olsen Gallery, Sydney

Fireworks Gallery, Queensland
2007 Christine Abrahams Gallery, Melbourne

Greenhill Galleries, Perth, WA                                                           George Petelin Gallery, Gold Coast
2006 Fireworks Gallery, Brisbane                                                            
Tim Olsen Gallery, Sydney
2005 Tim Olsen Gallery, Sydney                                                        Christine Abrahams Gallery, Melbourne                                                Greenhill Galleries, Perth
2004 Tim Olsen Gallery, Sydney                                                                  Greenhill Galleries, Perth
2003 Tim Olsen Gallery, Sydney
2002 Ben Grady Gallery, Canberra
2001 Christine Abrahams Gallery, Melbourne
2000 Tim Olsen Gallery, Sydney
1999 Olsen Carr Art Dealers, Sydney

Christine Abrahams Gallery, Melbourne
1998 Arts D'Australie, Paris, France

Moments in Civilisation, The Vault Contemporary Artspace,

Bundaberg Arts Centre, Queensland

Mappings, James Allen Gallery, Toronto, Canada
1996 Olsen Carr, Art Dealers, Sydney

Christine Abrahams Gallery, Melbourne
1995 Christine Abrahams Gallery, Melbourne
1994 Room Exhibition, Imperial Hotel, New Delhi

Room 32, Regents Court Hotel, Sydney
1993 Studio Exhibition, Sydney
1992 Chrisitine Abrahams Gallery, Melbourne
1991 Studio Exhibition, Sydney
1990 Studio Exhibition, Sydney
1989 Studio Exhibition, Sydney

Christine Abrahams Gallery, Melbourne
Selected Group Exhibitions
2 x 2 Group Exhibition, Tim Olsen Gallery Annex, Sydney
  Contemporaneous: Australian Contemporary Painting 1, Wangaratta Exhibitions Gallery, Victoria
2007 Points of Departure, Tobey Fine Arts, New York

Tactile Imagination, Ivan Doughety Gallery, Sydney
2006 10 Chancery Lane Gallery, Hong Kong

Salon, Dick Bett Gallery, Hobart
2005 10 Chancery Lane Gallery, Hong Kong, in association with Tim Olsen Gallery, Sydney

Stanley Art Prize, Tasmania
2004 Melbourne Art Fair, Royal Exhibition Buildings

Lines III, Fireworks Gallery, QLD
2003 Art Paris, Carousel de Louvre, Paris
2002 Depth of Field, Shepparton Art Gallery, VIC

Good Vibrations, Heide Museum of Art, Heidelberg VIC

Exposition collective, Conseil General de Loire Atlantique, Nantes, France
2001 Love Colour,Studio 91B, Adelaide

Abstraction: Spirit, Light, Pure Form, Tim Olsen Gallery, Sydney

Voyages dans le matiere, Atelier Claude Cerf, Paris

ART PARIS, Carrousel de Louvre, Paris
2001-2003 Hermanns Art Award, National Travelling Exhibition
2000 Accents Australien,Espace Adamski Designs, Paris
1999 Exposition Australie, Bastille, Paris

On Any Given Day, Bundaberg Arts Centre, Queensland
1998 Propositions Australiennes, Gallerie Luc Queyrel, Paris
1997 Espace Beziers, Beziers, France

Salon Natasha, Hanoi, Vietnam

Devoured by Paint, Olsen Carr Art Dealers, Sydney
1996 Aer Phoste, Dublin, Ireland

Flagging the Republic, Sherman Goodhope, Sydney

Abstraction Now, Geelong Regional Gallery, Victoria

3 x 3 Sites: Exhibition, Sydney, Christchurch, Berlin
1995 Icon of our Times, Salon Natasha, Hanoi, Vietnam

Group Show, Olsen Carr Art Dealers

Hidden Treasures, SH Ervin Gallery, Sydney

Moet & Chandon Touring Exhibition

House, Canberra
1994 Bet Your Life II, Annandale Galleries, Sydney

Re-placing Australian Painting, Rosinis, Auckland; Test Tube Gallery,
1993 Australian Perspecta 93, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney

Moet & Chandon Exhibition touring State Galleries of Australia

Contemporary Australian Painting: Works from the Allen, Allen & Hemsley

Westpac Gallery, Victorian Arts Centre
1992 Future City – Art & Architecture, Bond Store, Sydney
1991 Over East, Lawrence Wilson Art Gallery, Perth

Microsm, Gary Anderson Gallery, Sydney

10 x 10, Linden Gallery, Melbourne
1989 Fresh Art, SH Ervin Gallery, Sydney
1988 Nine Young Artists, Christine Abrahams Gallery, Melbourne

Ariennale, EMR Gallery, Sydney

Australian Contemporary Art Fair, Melbourne

Faber Castell Prize for Drawing, Rex Irwin Gallery, Sydney
1987 Group Exhibition, Mori Gallery, Sydney
1985 NSW Travelling Art Scholarship, Blaxland Gallery, Sydney
Awards, Residencies & Grants
2002 Cite des Artes International artist residency, Paris
2001 Artist in Residence, Bundanoon, New South Wales
2000 Arts Victoria, Travel Research Grant, Gabo Island, Victoria
1999-2000 Parks Victoria Artist in residence program, Petty's Orchard,
1989-1999 Artist in residence, Bundaberg Arts Centre, QLD
1995 Travel Research Grant Australia Council (V.A.C.B.)
1993 Fisher's Ghost Art Prize, Campbelltown City Gallery, NSW
1988 Faber Castell Prize for Drawing
1997- 1998 Babylonian Frieze, Crown Street Project, in association with Alex
2002-2003 ‘Yellow House Project’, Macleay St Kings Cross, in association with


KPMG, Sydney; Allen Allen & Hemsley, Sydney; Artbank, Sydney; Campbelltown City Art Gallery, NSW; Faber Castell Collection, Sydney; Freehill, Hollingdale & Page, Melbourne; Hyatt Hotel, Perth; Mallesons Stephen Jacques, Melbourne; Macquarie Bank; Robert Holmes a Court Collection, Perth; Bundaberg Arts Centre, Queensland; Smorgan Collection, Melbourne; State Bank, Victoria; BHP Collection, Victoria; Deloitte Ross Tohmatsu;Moorilla Museum & Art Gallery, Tasmania; RACV; State Bank, Victoria; Monash Museum of Art; News Corporation, and private collections in New South Wales, Victoria, Western Australia, Cologne, Munich, Madrid, New York, Vancouver, Toronto & Canada.

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