Thursday, June 23, 2016

Artist Tim Johnson's Religious Synthesis on Show at Nancy Sever Gallery in Australia

THE CANBERRA TIMES
By Sasha Grishin
Tim Johnson, Panchen Lama with Karma Phuntsok, 2016. Photo: Supplied
AUSTRALIA---Tim Johnson is the great "synthesiser" in Australian art. In Johnson's art, his synthesising goes beyond mere eclecticism, which involves sampling or the absorption of disparate elements: rather it is the integration of different religious iconographies, periods of time and visual codes. In the large glowing canvas Yamantaka, 2016, painted collaboratively with Bogunovic, a floating Chinese temple shares the picture space with traditional Christian iconography from scenes of the Nativity, Annunciation and the Resurrection, Buddhist iconography and the floating UFO. [link]
In another painting, one of the strongest in this exhibition, West Camp 2, 2016, Aboriginal artists squat on the ground working on their canvases, while Buddhist imagery harmoniously accommodates a flying saucer overhead plus grazing animals.