Kerry Johns

Artist Profile

My painting most often draws on landscape imagery, in particular the assemblage of trees in the bush or trees in front of water.

Over the past year necessity has seen a change of subject to interiors, flowers and everyday objects. Study of the visual complexity of the subject en-plein-air or at close quarters becomes a study of abstraction as I form the pictorial field on the canvas.

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 open up at first look then shift focus rather than one in which expectations are reinforced.Since working en-plein-air has become important to me in recent years,

I enjoy observation of perceptions and impressions and have found pleasure in introducing a naturalistic handling of the subject. I proceed on each painting with a notion that freedom in method and approach is always available to me.

Kerry Johns, 2021

Solo Exhibitions: (Selected)

2021     Splendid Isolation, Artsite Galleries, Sydney, NSW
2018     The Way of the Forest, Artsite Galleries, 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)

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.
2020, 19, 18, 17, 16      Collectors' Choice, Artsite Galleries, Sydney, 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, pp25-32
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 | Splendid Isolation | 2021 | Artsite Galleries, Sydney
Kerry Johns | the way of the Forrest

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Dwyers Creek, 2019

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Oval Mirror, 2020

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Windswept Path to the Sea, 2020

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Tangled Sky, 2020

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Hillside Mogo,2020

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Marvellous Day, 2020

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Guerilla Bay, 2018

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Snowy River Country, 2017

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Sunlight, 2017

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Animated Lilies

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Garden Shadows

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Gerberas and Onions

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Grevilleas in Window

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Elephant in the Room

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Painting for Loss of Meaning

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Elephant on Patterned Cloth

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Jug of Roses

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Pygmy Possum Habitat

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Rain Hills, 2013

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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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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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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