John Johnson

(Australia 1959 – )

Canberra, South-east region
Language group
Warramunga, Central Desert region

Memory wall, old and new lost Dreams, reality and future Dreams

Not on display
Further information

"This work is dedicated to mothers who encourage children to have dreams, tell the history and show the beauty of things that surround us, no matter what the harshness of the surroundings that you are growing up in.This is represented by the beauty in the canvas, against the harshness of corrugated iron.

This work was inspired by a woman that the artist knew when growing up in Darwin and the words she spoke to him as a young boy: "Know your history, know where you are now, and do'’t forget to dream, because to dream is to look, to the future."

The barb-wire, feathers and ribbons symbolise all the Aboriginal people who have died fighting for and defending their country.The middle panel of the artwork, represents a place the artist went to as a young boy with his grandmother which was a special place near two mountains in the Northern Territory near Darwin.

The two outside panels with the mother and baby lizard are the representation of everlasting life and history, that keep turning no matter what.The climate represents, that no matter how hard things were there was always music, soft and gentle."

John Johnson

Place of origin
Canberra, Australian Capital Territory, Australia
hand coloured lithograph and mixed media (corrugated tin, paint, dried flowers and stones)
66.2 x 126.2 cm
Purchased with funds provided by the Young Friends of the Art Gallery Society of New South Wales 1994
Accession number
© John Johnson