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Title

Oceania high low

2014


Artist

Michael Johnson

Australia

1938 -


About

Because of our imposing geographical mass as a single continent, Australia is often viewed as its own entity, rather than what it really is: a vast island in a sea of islands known as Oceania.

This work pays homage to the origin myths of Oceania, particularly the Maori legend of the sky and earth being separated to admit the light of day.

Landscape is so often signalled by the division of sea and sky but this work deals with convex space rather than a conventional horizontal perspective. With a wider scale and a paler palette, I explore the inverted geology under the sea or the unmapped strata of clouds.

Michael Johnson 2014


Details


Date

2014


Media category

Painting


Materials used

oil on canvas


Dimensions

184.0 x 366.0 cm stretcher


Signature & date

Signed u.r. verso on stretcher, black fibre-tipped pen "Michael Johnson". Dated u.l. verso on stretcher, black fibre-tipped pen "... 2014 ...".


Credit

Acquired with funds provided by the AGNSW Board of Trustees 2014


Location

Not on display


Accession number

172.2014


Wynne Prize

Winner - 2014


Artist information

Michael Johnson

Works in the collection

23


Shown in 2 exhibitions

Exhibition history


Referenced in 4 publications

Bibliography


Andrew Frost., theguardian.com.au, 'Archibald portrait a worthy winner, but Wynne landscape prize a scene stealer', Sydney, 21 Jul 2014, n.pag. (colour illus.). viewed 21.07.2014, http://www.theguardian.com/artanddesign/australia-culture-blog/2014/jul/21/archibald-baffles-while-wynne-shows-how-much-more-alive-landscape-is

Anna Johnson, Artist Profile, 'Michael Johnson', pg. 56-65, St Leonards, Feb 2016, 61.

John McDonald., smh.com.au, 'Salon des Refuses: the art of rejection', Sydney, 08 Aug 2014, n.pag.. viewed 08.08.2014, http://www.smh.com.au/entertainment/art-and-design/salon-des-refuses-the-art-of-rejection-20140807-10094f.html

Look, 'The one and only Archie', pg. 12, Sydney, Sep 2014, 12.