Helen Johnson

°1979, Melbourne (AU) – lives and works in Melbourne (AU)

Helen Johnson is a painter with a particular interest in employing painting to reassert, shake open and question imagery that has played a role in the processes by which Australia has constructed and hidden among false histories of itself since colonial invasion. She is interested in aesthetic experience and how it can open the mind to critical contemplation. Johnson’s works are often large-scale, stylistically changeable and loose-hanging.

courtesy of MCA, Sydney


Helen Johnson

Recent solo exhibitions include New Museum, New York; Artspace, Sydney; Institute of Contemporary Arts, London; and Barron Field as part of the 2016 Glasgow International. Recent group exhibitions Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney; Australian Centre for Contemporary Art, Melbourne; TarraWarra Biennial 2016, Victoria; Jocelyn Wolff, Paris; and National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne.

Johnson’s work is held in a number of public collections including Art & Australia / ANZ, Sydney; Artbank; Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney; Australian Catholic University Art Collection; City of Yarra’s Art & Heritage Collection; Joyce Nissan Collection, Melbourne; Karpidas Foundation; Michael Buxton Collection, Melbourne; Mornington Peninsula Regional Gallery, Victoria; National Gallery of Australia, Canberra; National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne and Booth Collection, University of Chicago, USA.

Helen Johnson is represented by the following galleries;
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Pilar Corrias Gallery, London

Château Shatto, Los Angeles

Sutton Gallery, Melbourne

You can also discover more of Helen Johnson’s work on her own website.

works by Helen Johnson

Helen Johnson - Argument - 2017

Helen Johnson



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