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After Sirius



Michael Johnson


1938 -




Media category


Materials used

oil on Belgian linen


213.0 x 457.5 x 4.0 cm stretcher

Signature & date

Signed and dated verso on right stretcher member, black fibre-tipped pen "M. Johnson 1988".


Purchased with assistance from the Moët & Chandon Art Acquisition Fund 1988


Not on display

Accession number


Artist information

Michael Johnson

Works in the collection


Shown in 4 exhibitions

Exhibition history

Referenced in 16 publications


Christopher Allen, The Sydney Morning Herald, 'An exuberant Johnson turns new artist at 50', pg. 84, Sydney, 11 Feb 1989, 84. Review of Art Gallery of New South Wales retrospective exhibition.

Anthony Bond and Victoria Lynn, AGNSW Collections, 'Contemporary Practice - Here, There, Everywhere ...', pg. 229-285, Sydney, 1994, 250 (colour illus.).

Michael Desmond, Contemporary: Art Gallery of New South Wales Contemporary Collection, 'Abstraction', pg.16-59, Sydney, 2006, 40 (colour illus.).

Deutscher and Hackett, Melbourne (Compilator), Deutscher and Hackett fine art auction: Melbourne 26 November 2008, Woollahra, Nov 2008, 55, 56. Related work: 'Jarocin Blue' 1989, lot 26

Peter Emmett, Sydney: metropolis, suburb, harbour, 'Harbour', pg. 123-124, Glebe, 2000, 128 (colour illus.).

Glenis Israel, Artwise: visual arts 9-10, 'Michael Johnson', pg. 96-98, Milton, 2011, 97 (colour illus.).

Bruce James, Art Gallery of New South Wales handbook, 'Australian Collection: Painting and Sculpture', pg. 102-181, Sydney, 1999, 172 (colour illus.).

Barbara Konkolowicz, Look, 'Big Blue Sydney Harbour Through The Eyes of Artists', pg. 20-21, Heidelberg, May 1997, 20 (colour illus.).

Elwyn Lynn, The Weekend Australian, 'Conjuring with four masters in full flight', pg. 14, Sydney, 14 May 1988-15 May 1988, 14. Review of Macquarie Galleries exhibition in Weekend Magazine's Arts section, edited by Maria Prerauer.

Terence Maloon, Contemporary Australian painting, 'Commitment to abstraction: one existent to the other', pg. 51-82, Sydney, 1990, 68-69 (colour illus.), 70.

Margaret Marsh, Michelle Watts and Craig Malyon, Art - art, research, theory, Melbourne, 1999, 149 (colour illus.). plate no. 16.8

John McDonald, The Sydney Morning Herald, 'Johnson: the master of colour and mood', pg. 76, Sydney, 07 May 1988, 76. Review of Macquarie Galleries exhibition.

Barry Pearce, Look, 'Michael Johnson', pg. 22-25, Sydney, Apr 2004, 22-23 (colour illus.), 25.

Barry Pearce, Michael Johnson, Sydney, 2004, 72-73 (colour illus.), 98, 100, 106, 200. plate no. 41

Barry Pearce, Australian art: in the Art Gallery of New South Wales, 'Landscape and gesture', pg. 239-240, Sydney, 2000, 262 (colour illus.), 301.

The Brett Whiteley Studio (Editor), Big blue: the painted harbour (list of works), Sydney, 1997.