Kerry Johns began painting in the 1970s after training as an art teacher in Brisbane and moving to Sydney where she studied with John Ogburn prior to an extended study tour of European galleries. She has since lived and worked in the Blue Mountains, the Eurobodalla and Canberra.
Her earlier work reflects domestic interiors and still life, in drawings in ink and gouache and oil on canvas, before a significant change with 1997 excursions to paint the Broken Hill desert. Later she revisited memories of her Caloundra childhood, stimulating a turn to abstraction and a new engagement with coastal environment in explorations of ‘mythic landscapes’ that exhibit a densely layered gestural linearity. In 2002 and 2004 she exhibited this work in New York.
By 2005 Johns was working on the Eurobodalla coast with softer subjects of river estuary and forest, and finding a new stimulus to responsive abstraction in works preoccupied with subtle colour relationships.
Her recent work shows a simplification of colour, tone and shape that seeks for a greater spaciousness in sense of place and accords with her move to the Monaro landscape. There is a reliance on the language of abstraction that produces unexpected relationships and delights in using visual language to ‘find’ the subject imaginatively.
RECENT SOLO EXHIBITIONS
2012 taking PLACE Chapman Gallery, Canberra
2011 New Work Ivy Hill Gallery, Wapengo NSW
2009 New Work Ivy Hill Gallery, Wapengo NSW
2008 New Work Katoomba Fine Art, Katoomba NSW
2006 Passages Katoomba Fine Art, Katoomba NSW
2004 Landmarks Ezair Gallery, New York
2002 All the wild ephemera Ezair Gallery, New York
2002 Memory & Mountains Penrith Regional Gallery, Penrith
2001 The Caloundra paintings Gallery Lane, Leura
1999 Out and Back Gallery Lane, Leura
1999 Blue Air-Red Earth Broken Hill City Art Gallery, Broken Hill
1998 Blue Air-Red Earth Annandale Gallery Café, Sydney
1996 Paintings & Drawings Braemar Gallery, Springwood
1994 From the Mountains Qantas Flight Deck, Sydney
1990 New Paintings Breewood Gallery, Katoomba
SELECTED GROUP EXHIBITIONS
2012 View and Visions Charles Hewitt Gallery, Sydney
2011 Something Personal 2 Charles Hewitt Gallery, Sydney
2008 Basil Sellers Art Prize Eurobodalla (winner)
2007 Art of the South East Diary Exhibition, Moruya, NSW
2006 Signatures Mechanics Institute, Moruya NSW
2006 Basil Sellers Art Prize Eurobodalla (finalist)
2005 Kedumba Drawing Award Wentworth Falls, NSW
2004 Land out of Time Penrith Regional Gallery, Penrith
2003 Returning Caloundra Regional Art Gallery, Caloundra, Qld.
2002 Homeground Fremantle Arts Centre, Fremantle, WA.
2000 Homeground Caloundra Regional Art Gallery, Caloundra, Qld.
2000 Grounded PCL Exhibitionists, Sydney
1998 Blue Mountains Artists Exchange Sanda, Japan
1997 Four Seasons Lurline Galleries Katoomba
1997 Six of the Best Oz Artspace Katoomba
1996 Paintings Mountain Artery, Katoomba
1995 Paintings Braemar Gallery, Springwood
1987 Blue Mountains Women Artists Directory Penrith Regional Gallery
1983 Shared Environments Penrith Regional Gallery
1982 Paintings, Prints and Sculpture Woollahra Art Gallery, Sydney
CITATIONS AND COLLECTIONS
Hampshire, Carole. Artists Observed, University of New South Wales Press, 2007 pp 80 - 84
McCormack, Ed. Gallery & Studio, New York. Vol 7 No1 Sept/Oct 2004, p33, 1 plate
Bronwyn Watson, Look, Art Gallery of NSW, April 2004. 'The Lewers Vision', p19, 1 plate.
Flatt, Naomi. Eyeline, contemporary visual arts, Special Issue, 2001, pp24-25
Thomas, Lynden. Textile Fibre Forum Vol20, No62, 2001, p20-21, 2 plates
Oz Arts magazine, Issue 13, 1996, p72, 3 plates and cover.
Ambrus, C. The Unseen Art Scene, Irrepressible Press 1995 pp84-87 5 plates
Speirs, Hugh Landscape Art and the Blue Mountains. Alternative Publishing Sydney, 1981, 3 plates
Collections: Kedumba Drawing Collection, Blue Mountains City Council Collection.
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