Matthew Johnson Australian, b. 1963-


Matthew Johnson was born in London in 1963 but now resides in Melbourne. From 1982-84 he attended the National Art School Sydney and received a Higher Art Certificate.


His colourful surfaces are a result of experimentation with application and layering of paint. He is extremely inspired by the work of Japanese nihonga – style painters who are trained in traditional methods of mixing rare pigments with varying textures. Johnson uses the iridescent pigment iriodin which is made from sand in his works to produce a beautiful glow.


My work emulates an abstract environment based upon variables in nature and the manmade.   I imbue recent works with different observations; some based on a singular view with shifting change, and others on the filtration of light in a singular viewpoint - an environment affected by the abiotic.  A static viewpoint, of a solid form or element, is constantly veiled and affected by both visible and indivisible forces. There is no one single state of condition.  Weather remains the kinetic makeup of atmosphere. The artist.




1984 Graduated National Art School East Sydney Higher Art Certificate


2015 Weather Patterns FireWorks Gallery Brisbane

2014 Resonance Hill Smith Gallery Adelaide

2013 Blockprojects Melbourne

2013 Firebrand III: In Focus David Paulson and Matthew Johnson FireWorks Gallery Brisbane

2012 Tim Olsen gallery Sydney

2012 Greenhill Galleries Perth

2011 Blockprojects Melbourne

2010 Greenhill Galleries Perth

2010 Resonance FireWorks Gallery Brisbane

2009 AURORAL Block projects Melbourne

2009 Tim Olsen gallery Sydney

2008 From the air FireWorks Gallery Brisbane

2008 Blue: a group show FireWorks Gallery Brisbane

2007 George Petelin Gallery Gold Coast

2007 Greenhill Galleries Perth

2007 Christine Abrahams Gallery Melbourne

2006 Two Fields FireWorks Gallery Brisbane

2006 Tim Olsen Gallery Sydney

2005 Christine Abrahams Gallery Melbourne

2005 Greenhill Galleries Perth

2005 Tim Olsen Gallery Sydney

2004 Lines III FireWorks Gallery Brisbane

2004 Tim Olsen Gallery Sydney

2004 Greenhill Galleries Perth

2003 Christine Abrahams Gallery Melbourne

2003 Tim Olsen Gallery Sydney

2002 Unforseen FireWorks Gallery Brisbane

2002 Greenhill Galleries Perth

2002 Ben Grady Gallery ACT Canberra

2001 Tim Olsen Art Dealers Sydney

2001 Christine Abrahams Gallery Melbourne

2000 Tim Olsen Art Dealers Sydney

1999 Christine Abrahams Gallery Melbourne

1999 Olsen Carr Art Dealers Sydney

1998 Moments in Civilisation The Vault Contemporary Art Space

1998 Bundaberg Arts Centre Queensland

1998 Mappings James Allen Gallery Toronto Canada

1996 Christine Abrahams Gallery Melbourne

1996 Of One Of Many Olsen Carr Art Dealers Sydney

1995 Christine Abrahams Gallery Melbourne

1994 Room Exhibition Imperial Hotel New Delhi

1994 Room 32 Regents Court Hotel Sydney

1993 Studio Exhibition Sydney

1992 Christine Abrahams Gallery Melbourne

1991 Studio Exhibition Sydney

1990 Studio Exhibition Sydney

1989 Studio Exhibition Sydney

1989 Christine Abrahams Gallery Melbourne


2017 Weather Patterns II FireWorks Gallery Brisbane

2016 Matthew Johnson Candescere OLSEN IRWIN Sydney

2015 Weather Patterns FireWorks Gallery Brisbane

2014 Matthew Johnson Selected Works OLSEN IRWIN Sydney

2014 INTERMISSION FireWorks Gallery Brisbane

2014 Asia Contemporary Art Show Conrad Hong Kong

2011 Blue August FireWorks Gallery Brisbane

2011 Eclectica Exhibition Series (I and III) FireWorks Gallery Brisbane

2009 Matthew Johnson New Paintings Tim Olsen Gallery Sydney

2009 The Shilo Project Ian Potter Museum touring Regional Gallery of Victoria and New South Wales

2009 Sculpture + Works on Paper FireWorks Gallery Brisbane

2008 2 x 2 Tim Olsen Gallery Annex Sydney

2008 Block Projects Melbourne

2008 Contemporaneous Australian Contemporary Painting 1 Wangaratta Victoria

2007 Points of Departure Tobey Fine Arts New York

2007 Views on Abstraction Hill Smith Gallery South Australia

2007 Tactile Imagination Design Research Processes Ivan Dougherty Gallery Sydney

2007 Utopian Visions & The slump of Paradise Block Projects Melbourne

2006 Matthew Johnson Recent Works Tim Olsen Gallery Sydney

2006 10 Chancery Lane Gallery Hong Kong

2006 Dick Bett Gallery Hobart

2005 10 Chancery Lane Gallery Hong Kong

2005 Stanley Art Prize Stanley Tasmania

2004 Melbourne Art Fair Royal Exhibition Buildings Carlton Melbourne

2004 Lines III FireWorks Gallery Brisbane

2003 ART PARIS Carrousel de Louvre Paris

2003 Fresh Paint Greenhill Galleries Perth

2003 Cube + Nodrum + Abrahams Cube Gallery Adelaide

2003 Depth of Field Shepparton Art Gallery VIC & MUMA Melbourne

2002 Good Vibrations Heide Museum of Art Heidelberg

2002 Exposition collective Conseil General de Loire Atlantique Nantes France

2002 Towards Colour McClelland Gallery Langwarrin VIC

2002 Tim Olsen Gallery Sydney

2002 Greenhill Galleries Perth

2002 Lines II FireWorks Gallery Brisbane

2001 ART PARIS Carrousel de Louvre Paris

2001 Australie Visages d'un continent Galerie Visage de l'Art Marly-le-Roi

2001 Voyages dens la matiere Atelier Claude Cerf Paris

2001 Love Colour Studio 91B Adelaide

2001 Whitish Christmas Ben Grady Gallery ACT

2001-3 Hermanns Art Award national travelling exhibition

2001 Abstraction: Spirit Light Pure Form Tim Olsen Gallery Sydney

2000 Accents Australiens Espace Adamski Designs Paris

2000 Melbourne Artfair 2000 Royal Exhibition Building Carlton

2000 The Exquisite Corpse Bendigo Regional Gallery

1999 Grands et Jeunes d'Aujourd'hui Espace Eiffel Branly Paris

1999 on any given day Bundaberg Arts Centre Queensland

1999 Exposition Australie Bastille Paris France

1998 Propositions Australiennes Gallerie Luc Queyrel Paris

1998 Le Temps du Reve Bioliotheque municipale Le Perreux-sur-Marne

1997 Espace Beziers Beziers France

1997 Salon Natasha Hanoi Vietnam

1997 Devoured by Paint Olsen Carr Art Dealers Sydney

1996 Abstraction Now Geelong Regional Gallery Victoria

1996 Flagging the Republic Sherman Galleries Sydney

1996 Aer Phoste Dublin Ireland

1995 Icon of our Times Salon Natasha Hanoi Vietnam

1995 3x3 Touring Residencies/Sites Sydney Christchurch Auckland Berlin Canberra & Beijing

1995 Works on Paper - A Selection Christine Abrahams Gallery Melbourne

1995 Moet And Chandon Touring Exhibition State Galleries of Australia

1995 Hidden Treasures SH Ervin Gallery Sydney

1994 Bet Your Life II Annandale Galleries Sydney

1994 House Canberra curated and co-ordinated by the artist

1994 Re-placing Australian Painting Rosinis & Test Tube Gallery Auckland NZ

1993 Moet And Chandon Touring Exhibition State Galleries of Australia

1993 Contemporary Australian Painting Works From The Allen Allen & Hemsley Collection Westpac Gallery Victorian Arts Centre

1993 Australian Perspecta 93 Art Gallery of New South Wales

1992 Future City - Art & Architecture Bond Store Sydney

1992 Alphabet/Haemorrhage Performances from the Black Box - assistant to Mike Parr Museum of Contemporary Art Sydney

1991 Over East Lawrence Wilson Art Gallery The University of Western Australia

1991 Microcosm Garry Anderson Gallery Sydney

1989 Fresh Art S H Ervin Gallery Sydney

1989 William Dobell Foundation Art Prize Ray Hughes Gallery Sydney

1989 Fishers Ghost Art Prize Campbelltown City Art Gallery

1988 Seven New Artists Christine Abrahams Gallery Melbourne

1988 Ariennale EMR Gallery Sydney

1988 Australian Contemporary Art Fair 1 (ACAF) Melbourne

1988 Faber Castell Drawing Prize Rex Irwin Gallery Sydney

1987 Mori Gallery Sydney

1985 New South Wales Travelling Art Scholarship Exhibition

1985 Faber Castell Prize For Drawing Rex Irwin Gallery Sydney


2011 South Morang Station artwork Project in association with Cox Architects department of Transport Victoria

2010 Coolaroo Station Public Artwork in association with the Department of Transport VIC Alessio Fini and Berlin Design and students of Coolaroo South Primary School

2010 CBD Metro Tender Stage artistic consultation in association with Merren Morrison and Grimshaw Architects

2009-2010 Garland Row Sydney Screen Design for Alex Popov Architects and PJ Developments

2009-2010 CBD Metro Project in association with New South Wales Government Phillip Cox Architects Alessio Fini Phi Design Sydney and Hassle Group

2006-08 TAC Building Geelong in association with McGauran Gianni Soon Architects Melbourne

2005 Glenroy Learning Centre in association with McGauran Gianni Soon Architects Melbourne

2005 Hue in association with Clement Jackson Burrows & SC Land Developments Melbourne

2004-05 Moment Multiplex Architects Wood Marsh Consultants Turpin Crawford Studio Sydney

2004 Emanation Still Life Book Cover design for "The Cooks Companion" Stephanie Alexander in association with Penguin Group

2002 Sunfield Stage I Stage II Stage III Australian Wheat Board Melbourne

2002-3 Yellow House Screens in association with The Yellow House & Philip Bartlett Projects Sydney

2001 Seasons 4 Panels Chadstone Shopping Centre Melbourne

1997-8 Babylonian Frieze MG Garage in association with PJ Developments and Alex Tzannes Architects Sydney


2009 Victoria Commercial Architecture award in association with MGS Architects ML Design Geelong

2008 Australia Council Barcelona Residency Spain

2002 Cite des Artes International Artist Residency Paris

2001 Artist in Residence Bundanon New South Wales

2000 Arts Victoria Travel Research Grant Gabo Island Victoria

1999-00 Parks Victoria Artist in Residence Program Pettys Orchard Templestowe Victoria

1998-99 Artist in Residence Bundaberg Arts Centre Queensland

1995 Travel Research Grant Australia Council (VACB)

1993 Fisher's Ghost Art Prize Campbelltown City Gallery New South Wales

1988 Faber Castell Prize for Drawing


QUT Art Museum

AIS Insurance Collection

Allen Allen & Hemsley Sydney

Artbank Sydney

Australian Wheat Board Melbourne

BHP Collection Melbourne

Bundaberg Arts Centre Queensland

Campbelltown City Art Gallery NSW

Deloitte Ross Tohmatsu

Gandel Group Chadstone Melbourne

Faber Castell Collection Sydney

Freehill Hollingdale & Page Melbourne

Monash University Museum of Art

Corporate collections throughout Australia and private collections in Australia

Cologne Munich New York Madrid Seoul and Vancouver Canada

Holmes à Court Collection Perth

Hyatt Hotel Perth

Heide Museum of Art Melbourne

Macquarie Bank Macquarie Bank

Mallesons Stephen Jacques Melbourne

Moorilla Museum & Art Gallery Tasmania

News Corporation


State Bank Victoria

Victor and Loti Smorgon Collection Melbourne

Visy Industrial Packaging Melbourne

La Trobe University Museum of Art




Andrew Frost SMH review solo exhibition Tim Olsen Gallery August 3 2012

Ingrid Perez Matthew Johnson's Circles of Light Australian Art Collector Issue 34 Oct - Dec 2005

Ashley Crawford Matthew Johnson: Peregrination The Age Review Saturday Oct 16 2005

Martin Shub Art Right Now Exhibition News wwwGallerydiscoverymediacomau

Annabel Dean Swatch this Space SMH July 21 2005

Peter King Catalogue Essay Greenhill Galleries 2005

Betsy Brennan Vogue Living Apartments 2004

Ashley Crawford Catalogue Essay Christine Abrahams Gallery 2003

Karen Hall Catalogue Essay Depth of Field Shepparton Regional Art Gallery 2003

Geraldine O'Brien News and Features (Yellow House Project) Sydney Morning Herald 22 March 2003

Karen Hall Catalogue Essay Tim Olsen Gallery 2003

Robert Nelson Photography and Painting in Cahoots The Age Jan 25 2003

Sandra McLean Take Your Sunnies Article The Courier Mail Mon 28 October 2002

Zara Stanhope Catalogue Essay Good Vibrations Heide Museum of Art 2002

Harry Kampianne A lA Decouverte del'Art Australien Arts Actual 2000

John Peter Brakewood Review Art Actual 1998

Neville Western Review West Australian June 2002

Michael Eather Lines II Catalogue essay 2002

Carol Marando Amateurs Dominate Drawing Prize Review Faber Castell Prize Eastern Herald 1/9/88

Elwyn Lynn Review of Faber Castell Prize Weekend Australian 3/9/88

Ronald Millar Review of solo exhibition at Christine Abrahams Gallery Melbourne Herald 5/7/89

Australian Elle Young at Art May 1990

Sandra Murray Over East Catalogue Lawrence Wilson Art Gallery Perth 1991

Betsy Brennan Vogue Living April 1992

Judy Annear Moet & Chandon Touring Catalogue 1993Felicity Fenner Looking for Life Support Sydney Morning Herald July 1994

Felicity Fenner Review of Moet & Chandon Sydney Morning Herald Sept 1993

Davina Jackson Future City Art & Architecture Exhibition Catalogue 1992

Bruce James Review of Australian Perspecta The Australian 9 Oct 1993

John Kavanagh Youthful Vigour in Perspecta Business Review Weekly 22/10/93

Natalie King Australian Perspecta '93 Exhibition Catalogue AGNSW

Victoria Lynn Australian Perspecta 93 Exhibition Catalogue AGNSW

Ewen McDonald Contemporary Aust'n Painting: Works from Allen Allen & Hemsley Collection 1993

Paul McGillick An Elegant Perspecta Australian Financial Review 22 Oct 1993

John Neylon The Discreet Charm of the Moet Award Art & Australia Vol1 No31 Spring 1993

Nicholas Baume Room 32 Art & Text 1995

Rita Carlos Replacing Australian Painting Planet Magazine Jan95

Elwyn Lynn Review of Moet & Chandon Prize The Australian 24/2/95

John McDonald Review of Moet & Chandon Prize SMH 15 Feb 1995

Paul McGillick Review of Moet & Chandon Prize Financial Review 26 Feb 1995

Harford Sonia Matthew Johnson The Age 25 April 1995

John McDonald Review of One of Many SMH May 1996

Bernard McAll Catalogue essay for Christine Abrahams Gallery 1995

Sabastian Smee Review of exhibition at Olsen Carr SMH 1999

Simeon Kronenberg Catalogue essay Christine Abrahams Gallery March 2001

Andrew Frost Review of exhibition at Christine Abrahams Gallery Australian Art Collector March 2001

Terry Ingram Christies Contemporary Auction Financial Review May 5 2001