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Title

Horses

1993


Artist

Tim Johnson

Australia

01 Sep 1947 -


About

Tim Johnson traces connections between the artistic and spiritual practices of various countries and cultures in his work. He explores how symbols and motifs belonging to differing traditions, places and times can be combined visually as well as conceptually, resulting in richly imaginative multi-layered paintings.

'Horses' exemplifies this practice. It incorporates ideas about the first Gulf war, which Johnson saw as an embodiment of the apocalyptic scenarios recorded in the Book of Revelations. Its title relates to the depiction of a horse just below the centre of the painting and references the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse. In contrast to Western notions of the 'end time', images of Buddha and cartouches borrowed from Dun Huang cave murals in China are integrated into the painting.

The painting also relates to the artist's experience of the Western Desert in the 1980s, where seeing a wild herd of horses running in the desert landscape made a vivid impression on him. Demonstrating the strong influence of Western Desert art on Johnson's work, 'Horses' incorporates repeated roundel forms, referencing the concentric circles and multiple sites of Papunya painting.


Details


Date

1993


Media category

Painting


Materials used

synthetic polymer paint on linen


Dimensions

152.4 x 182.9 cm stretcher


Signature & date

Not signed. Not dated.


Credit

Rudy Komon Memorial Fund 2013


Location

Not on display


Accession number

3.2013


Artist information

Tim Johnson

Works in the collection

17


Shown in 2 exhibitions

Exhibition history


Referenced in 2 publications

Bibliography


Roger Benjamin, Antipodean currents: ten contemporary artists from Australia, '"Jointly and severally": the Johnson way of art', pg. 58-69, New York, circa 1995, 64, 65 (colour illus.).

Tim Johnson: painting ideas, South Brisbane, 2009, 140 (colour illus.), 159.