An image of Oceania high low

Michael Johnson

(Australia 1938 – )

Oceania high low

Location
Not on display
Further information

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

Year
2014
Media
Painting
Medium
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
Accession number
172.2014
Copyright
© Michael Johnson. Licensed by Copyright Agency