Greg JOHNS

Greg Johns was born in Adelaide, South Australia. He trained at the South Australian School of Art and graduated with a Diploma of Fine Arts. He has been working as a full-time sculptor since 1978. Johns is a member of New York Sculptors' Guild, the International Sculptor Centre and a committee member of Collaborations (Linking Art and Architecture 1990-1994).

Greg has participated in numerous solo and group exhibitions in Australia, New Zealand, Japan, Hong Kong, England and the United States. In 1997 he was awarded an Australia Council Grant to develop new studio work. In 2001 he received the Stonnington Landscaping Award for his artwork 'Origin' and in 2004 he was recipient of the Waterhouse Prize for Sculpture. In 2005 he was a selected finalist in the Helen Lempriere Sculpture Prize, Werribee Park, Victoria. More recently Johns won the 2011 Lorne Sculpture Biennale and in 2012 won the prestigious McClelland Sculpture Award with the work 'At The Centre (There Is Nothing)'. He is currently a finalist in the 2013 Montalto Sculpture Prize.

Greg Johns has received numerous public and private commissions for his sculptures including, Crown Casino, Southbank, Melbourne; Australian National University, Canberra; Bell Memorial Garden, Adelaide and Chadstone Shopping Centre, Melbourne. His work is represented in many high profile public, corporate and private collections in Australia, New Zealand, Japan, Singapore, Bahrain, Channel Islands, England and the United States.

Greg Johns' sculpture has developed and evolved dramatically over the last thirty years. His work consciously reaches out to 'big picture' themes, but the viewing platform has been constructed amongst Australia's flora and fauna. Johns reads beneath the surface of the Australian landscape. Visual elements of the landscape ignite feelings to inspire work, but it is that which cannot be seen, beneath the surface which produces the forms that are of interest to him. Johns investigates the psychological side of landscape, where interior and exterior are connected, both having a role to play.

'Australia is a wonderful place to work sculpturally. I feel that for an artist with a European ancestral background that it is 'unmined'. It is a new playground to play in, there is still so much to be discovered and revealed'. Greg Johns