Matthew Johnson was born in 1963 in London and now lives and works in Melbourne. From 1982 -84 he completed Higher Art Certificate, National Art School, Sydney.
Johnson's pigmented surfaces demonstrate a delight in the application and layering of paint. His studio is full of precious pigments that recall the work of Japanese nihonga - style painters who are trained in traditional methods of mixing rare pigments. Often made from natural materials such as shell, nihongo-style painters mix pigments that glisten with different textures. Johnson uses the iridescent pigment iriodin which is made from sand to imbue the canvases with an effervescent 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.