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Kirsten Johnston

My work emerges from my visceral response to the energy of the moment. Marks are laid down with physicality as they flow from ordinary experience, giving a visual presence to the fleeting turns of life.

 

Joy in the simple act of applying media and a love of the raw elements of the endeavour – paint, canvas, tools – lead to an openness and self-transparency in the works. The space of the canvas calls to be explored and imprinted by instinctive motion and colour.

SOLO EXHIBITIONS

2023     July                   'The Colours Made Me Do It',

                                       Gallery M, Oaklands Park (Adelaide), South Australia

2023     June                  'Always September Somewhere',

                                      Walkway Gallery, Bordertown, South Australia

2023     May                  'Four Rolls of Tape and a Bucket'

                                       Riddoch Art Gallery, Mount Gambier, South Australia

2022     October             Solo exhibition, ‘Opus 67’,
                                       Post Office Project Gallery and Studios, Port Adelaide, SA

2022      October           Tatiara Billboard Project, ‘September Canola’ 
                                      Dukes Highway, Bordertown, South Australia
                                      Walkway Gallery, Bordertown, South Australia

2020      June                 ‘So the Earth Breathes’
                                      Gallery M, Oaklands Park (Adelaide), South Australia

2018      August             ‘Hold the Earth, Touch the Sky’
                                      South Australian Living Artists Festival
                                      Royal Mail Hotel, Kingston SE, South Australia

2018      April                Pop-up exhibition
                                      City Cross Arcade, Adelaide CBD, South Australia

2016      September       ‘Raw Nature and Me’
                                      Gallery 54, Penola, South Australia

 

GROUP EXHIBITIONS

2023      August               'Heartlines'

                                        Millicent Art Gallery, Millicent, South Australia

2022      August               ‘South Australia Naturally Beautiful’
                                         South Australian Living Artists Festival
                                         Karatta Gallery, Robe, South Australia

2022      August                Finalist, Gallery M Contemporary Art Prize
                                         Gallery M, Oaklands Park (Adelaide), South Australia

2021       September         ‘Artshed Artists’
                                         Gallery 54, Penola, South Australia

2021       August               Finalist, Gallery M Contemporary Art Prize
                                         Gallery M, Oaklands Park (Adelaide), South Australia

2020        August              ‘I am an Artist’
                                          Millicent Art Gallery, Millicent, South Australia

2019        August              Finalist, Tatiara Art Prize
                                         Walkway Gallery, Bordertown, South Australia

2019        August               ‘Emergence’
                                           South Australian Living Artists Festival
                                           Hiive Artspace, Unley (Adelaide), South Australia

GRANTS, AWARDS, RESIDENCIES, MENTORSHIPS

2022     May         Artist in Residence, Riddoch Arts and Cultural Centre,
                             Mount Gambier, South Australia
                             Regional Arts Fund Grant

2021-22               Eight-month mentorship with artist Margaret Worth
                            Guildhouse Catapult Grant

2021     August     Month-long residency including mentorship with
                             artist Margaret Worth,
                             Post Office Projects Gallery and Studios
                             Port Adelaide, South Australia
                             Regional Arts Fund Grant

 

CURRENT PROJECTS

2024      March        Solo exhibition, 'Apparata and the colours of questions'
                                 Ladder Art Space, Kew, Victoria
                                 

 

OTHER

2021      September    Artist representative on selection panel for
                                   City of Mount Gambier Creative Arts Fund

 

2017      August         Nebula Program
                                  Country Arts SA professional development opportunity
                                  Adelaide CBD, South Australia

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Photography credit: John Baseley

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