Kerry Johns

Kerry Johns: Sunlight, 2017. Available Artsite Contemporary, Australia
Kerry Johns is an established Australian Landscape painter with a long history of finalist prize exhibitions, and winning major Australian Art Awards including the EMSLA Still Life Award, Coffs Harbour Regional Gallery and the Empire Global Art Award, Canberra. Her work is held in Australian Public Collections including, Coffs Harbour Regional Gallery Collection; Kedumba Drawing Award Collection; Basil Sellers Collection; Blue Mountains City Council Art Collection as well as in the Bi-Centennial Acquisition Collection, Blue Mountains City.

My en-plein-aire painting most often draws on familiar landscape imagery, the observation of natural assemblages of trees in the bush or in front of water. However, over the past year necessity has seen a change of subject to interiors, flowers and everyday objects.  My treatment of objects and the spaces between them as having equal value leads to ambiguities in the reading, which is something I love to contemplate as a viewer. It leads to complexity and possibility.
I like a painting to appear at first look, then shift focus as the observer explores the canvas. My treatment of objects, and the spaces between those objects as having an equal value leads to ambiguities in the reading of the painted image. This is something I personally love to contemplate as viewer.  It leads to complexity and possibility.
I enjoy observation as both perception and impression, finding pleasure in a naturalistic shift in focus of the subject. I proceed with each painting, with a clear notion that freedom in method and approach is always available to me. ~ Kerry Johns, 2021

Kerry Johns is an established Australian Landscape painter with a long history of finalist prize exhibitions and winning major Australian Art Awards including the EMSLA Still Life Award, Coffs Harbour Regional Gallery and the Empire Global Art Award, Canberra. Her work is held in Australian Public Collections including, Coffs Harbour Regional Gallery Collection; Kedumba Drawing Award Collection; Basil Sellers Collection; Blue Mountains City Council Art Collection as well as in the Bi-Centennial Acquisition Collection, Blue Mountains City.
Artist Profile

Solo Exhibitions: (Selected)

2022      The Ever Painted Land, Artsite Contemporary, Sydney, NSW
2021      Splendid Isolation, Artsite Contemporary, Sydney, NSW

2018      The Way of the Forest, Artsite Contemporary, Sydney, NSW
2018      In the Company of Trees, Coffs Harbour Regional Gallery, NSW
2017      The Lie of the Land, Artsite Galleries, Sydney, NSW
2017, 11, 09      Ivy Hill Gallery, Wapengo, NSW
2015      Forest Subjective, Form Studio and Gallery, Queanbeyan, ACT
2013      Under Southern Skies, Charles Hewitt Gallery, Sydney, NSW
2012     Taking PLACE, Chapman Gallery, Canberra, ACT
2008, 06     Katoomba Fine Art, Katoomba, NSW
2004, 02     Ezair Gallery, New York, USA
2002       Penrith Regional Gallery, Penrith, NSW


Group Exhibitions: (Recent Selected)

2021            Finalist Exhibition, Lethbridge Landscape Prize 2022, QLD.
                    Finalist Exhibition, 42nd Alice Prize, Contemporary Australian Art,  2022, NT.
2021, 20, 19, 18, 17, 16      Collectors' Choice, Artsite Contemporary, Sydney, NSW.
2020            Finalist Exhibition and People’s Choice Award, M16 Drawing Prize, M126 Artspace, Griffith, ACT.
2020, 08        Finalist Exhibition, Paddington Art Prize, Sydney, NSW.
2020, 18, 16  Finalist Exhibition, Calleen Art Award, Cowra Regional Art Gallery, NSW.
2018             Finalist Exhibition, 2018 NSW Parliament Plein Air Painting Prize, Parliament of NSW, Macquarie Street, Sydney, NSW
2017             Finalist Exhibition, Eutick Memorial Still Life Award, EMSLA, Wollongong, NSW
                     Eklektikos, Artsite Galleries, Sydney, NSW.
2016             Finalist Exhibition and Winner, Eutick Memorial Still Life Award (EMSLA), Coffs Harbour Regional Gallery, NSW.
                    Finalist Exhibition and First Prize, Empire Global Art Award, Tuggeranong Arts Centre, Canberra, ACT.
                    Finalist Exhibition, Fishers Ghost Award, Campbelltown Arts Centre, NSW
2015            Finalist Exhibition, M16 Artspace 2015 Drawing Prize, M126 Artspace, Griffith, ACT.
                    Form Studio and Gallery, Queanbeyan, ACT.
2014, 13         ANCA Gallery, Canberra, ACT.
2012, 11         Charles Hewitt Gallery, Sydney, NSW.
2008, 06         Finalist Exhibition, Basil Sellers Art Prize Eurobodalla, NSW
2007         Art of the South East Diary Exhibition, Moruya, NSW.
2006         Signatures, Mechanics Institute, Moruya NSW.
2005               Finalist Exhibition, Kedumba Drawing Award, Wentworth Falls, NSW.
2004, 87, 83   Penrith Regional Gallery, Sydney, NSW.
2003, 00         Caloundra Regional Art Gallery, Caloundra, Qld.
 

Media/Citations/Reviews/Publications:

Oz Arts Magazine, Issue 11 2017, Mythic Landscape of Kerry Johns, pp. 25-32
Canberra Times, May 22, 2015, Art Review, Peter Haynes. Claire Primrose and Kerry Johns display two distinct approaches to the Australian landscape
Hampshire, Carole. Artists Observed, University of New South Wales Press, 2007
McCormack, Ed. Gallery & Studio, New York.Vol 7 No1 Sept/Oct 2004
Bronwyn Watson, The Lewers Vision, Look Magazine, Art Gallery of NSW, April 2004
Flatt, Naomi. Eyeline, contemporary visual arts, Special Issue, 2001
Thomas, Lynden. Textile Fibre Forum Vol20, No62, 2001
Oz Arts magazine, Issue 13, 1996, p72, 3 plates and cover.

Caroline-Ambrus-The Unseen Art Scene-Kerry Johns

 

Ambrus, C.(ed.), The Unseen Art Scene: 32 Australian women artists,  Irrepressible Press 1995 pp84-87 5 plates.

Speirs, Hugh (Foreword by Manning Clark, preface by John Olsen), Landscape Art and the Blue Mountains. Sydney, Australia: Alternative Publishing Co-Operative Ltd, 1981, 3 plates

Awards and Prizes

2016  Winner, EMSLA - Eutick Memorial Still Life Award, (Judge: John McDonald), Coffs Harbour Regional Gallery, NSW

2016  First Prize, Empire Global Art Award, Tuggeranong Arts Centre, ACT

2015  Highly Commended, M16 Drawing Prize, M126 Artspace, Griffith, ACT.

2008  Basil Sellers Art Prize, Eurobodalla, NSW

1997  Blue Mountains Art Prize, Blue Mountains, NSW.

1995  Blue Mountains Art Prize, Katoomba, NSW.


Collections

Public Collections

Coffs Harbour Regional Gallery Collection
Kedumba Drawing Award Collection
Basil Sellers Collection
Blue Mountains City Council Collection
Bi-Centennial Acquisition Blue Mountains City Council Collection

Private Collections

Australia and Internationally.

Browse Solo Exhibitions
Kerry Johns: The ever painted Land. March April 2022 in gallery and online. Artsite Contemporary Australia.
Kerry Johns | Splendid Isolation | 2021 | Artsite  Contemporary, Sydney
Kerry Johns | the way of the Forrest
Kerry Johns | The Lie of the Land | 05-27 August 2017 Artsite Contemporary Australia

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The White Tree, 2021

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Encounter, 2021

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Animated Lilies, 2021

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Elephant in the Room, 2021

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Painting for Loss of Meaning, 2021

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Elephant on Patterned Cloth, 2021

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Jug of Roses, 2021

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Lilies of the Field, 2020

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Flowers of Isolation - Unbound, 2020

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Flowers of Isolation- Onward, 2020

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Oval Mirror , 2020

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Windswept Path to the Sea , 2020

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Clyde Mountain Gully, 2020

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Dense Bush, 2018

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Sawyers Creek 2018

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Sheep May Safely Graze, 2017

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Spreading Tree, 2018

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Gerberas and Onions

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Grevilleas in Window

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Wildflowers

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Lost Lilies

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The way of the Forest 2018

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Sky and Shadows 2018

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Calling to Mind (Plains of Lake George) 2018

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Beyond the Forest 2018

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Ancient Dweller. 2018

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Garden Shadows, 2018

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Sunlit Trunk 2018

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Moruya Forest 2017

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A Group of Colourful Trees 2018

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Leaning Trunk, Bywong 2017

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Across the paddocks, Bywong 2017

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Canadlagan Creek 2017

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Granite Garden 2017

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Nemadji Bright Day 2017

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Outcrop 2016

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Lilies and Mountain, 2017

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Crossing the Plains 2017

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Bright order 2017

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Sapling Forrest - Blue 2017

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Cloud - Encounters Hill (Wee Jasper). 2016

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Under High Horizons, 2016

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Bright Passage 2015

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Tender Hillside 2017