Michael Johnson

Michael Johnson is one of Australia’s most acclaimed abstract
painters. After completing the five-year Diploma of Art at East
Sydney Technical College in 1959, he departed for Europe like
many of his contemporaries, and spent many years in both London
and New York. In 1967, Johnson held his first solo exhibition at
Gallery A, which, followed by The Field (1968, National Gallery of
Victoria) and the São Paulo Bienal, Brazil (1969), cemented his
status as the leader of a new generation of abstractionists. In 2014,
Johnson won the Wynne Prize and in 2016, the Johnson Art Hotel in
Brisbane was named after him. In 2018 he was made a fellow of the
National Art School.

“NAS was the anchor that gave us the full embrace of the artistic climate of Sydney at the time.”

b. 1938, Sydney / lives and works in Sydney

Diploma of Art, NAS 1955–1959
Painting lecturer, 1977–1985
NAS Fellow, 2018

Cormorant, 2013, oil on canvas, 101.5 × 329 cm (overall). Gift of Michael Johnson, 2018

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