Michael Johnson: London-Sydney-New York - Paintings and works on paper 1960s & 1970s - Art Collector

Michael Johnson, Frontal, 1968. Lefranc Flash Vinylic on cotton duck canvas, 198 x 214 x 8cm. Courtesy: the artist and Annette Larkin Fine Art, Waterloo

Michael Johnson and Brett Whiteley left Sydney together by ship travelling to Europe and then London at the beginning of the 1960s. There they worked amongst the scene at Ladbroke Grove with other expat Australian artists - Arthur Boyd, Charles Blackman and Sidney Nolan - to the mid 1960s. The two diverged stylistically but both would be drawn to New York as the 60s rolled into the 70s, a magnetic art world where pop art and the hard-edged school of painting were thriving.

Johnson’s early hard-edge abstractions in searing colour challenged audiences in Sydney and Melbourne, where they could be seen – usually fresh off the boat – at the Central Street Gallery and Gallery A. His first exhibition at Central Street in early 1966 predated the blockbuster Two Decades of American Painting, sent from the Museum of Modern Art, New York touring to the Art Gallery of New South Wales and National Gallery of Victoria, by a matter of months.

The calculated geometric compositions, scaled to the artist’s body and modular wall of the studio or gallery, were vividly felt responses to his surroundings; disciplined images from a ceaseless mind that was distilling the electrifying stimuli of the times.

Exhibition opens: 3pm Saturday 3 May 2014
Exhibition closes: 14 June 2014
Location: Annette Larkin Fine Art, 9/2 Danks Street, Waterloo NSW 2017

Contact: 02 8394 9288
Email: annette@annettelarkin.com

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