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Yianni Johns Artist & Curator:
Australian Artist, Yianni Johns has been painting for decades and has had exhibitions of his art in many states of Australia and internationally in New York, Montreal, Paris and Beijing. Yianni has a Bachelor of Arts Fine Art from Curtin University and is presently finishing his Master of Arts with Swinburne University.
Yianni has collectors all over the planet, he is a full time artist based in Belmont NSW Near the hip and groovy city of Newcastle. He lives with his wife, a very talented engineer working on a degree in politics. He has kids going to school in Belmont.
Yianni’s style of artworks have been associated with the likes of Australian Artist Jeffrey Smart, American Artist Edward Hopper and Alex Katz.
Yianni has curated over 80 exhibitions and was selector on three occasions for the famed Gosford Art Prize worth over $10,000, held annually in Gosford NSW.
Yianni was awarded an Australia Day Award in 2010 for his services to Arts and Culture in the Central Coast Region and was the creative brain and curator behind the Super Art Project in Tuggerah NSW. He turned 24 vacant Supa Centa shops into 24 artist studio galleries housing 64 working artists. Thousands of visitors got to experience art weekly during the life of the biggest and most diverse art project to hit the Central Coast region of NSW.
Yianni is an Australia Day Ambassador as an artist delivering the Australia Day address to towns all over the country.
From 2004 to 2013 Yianni was an Arts Reporter and Presenter for 92.5 ABC Central Coast with his weekly hour of live radio in his show called Smart Arts, a radio show about the arts and artists.
In 2014 Yianni spent 2 months in Beijing as Artist in Residence with one of the oldest commercial galleries in China the Red Gate Gallery. He is presently building a Solo exhibition of art inspired by that residency to be shown around Chinese New year with his Perth based Gallery.

Yianni is represented in Western Australia by Buratti Fine Art Gallery in Subiaco.
In his spare time Yianni is casual presenter and content maker for ABC 1233 Newcastle and 92.5 ABC Central Coast.

Education

Bachelor of Arts (Fine Art) Curtin University Western Australia
Completing Master of Arts with Swinburne University.

Exhibitions

YIANNI. C. JOHNS

Artist and Exhibition Designer Curator:

Bachelor of Arts (Fine Art) Curtin University WA

BORN: Australia.

This resume is in 2 parts. As Artist first half. As Curator second half.

EXHIBITIONS AS ARTIST:
2015
First Look Exhibition Buratti Fine Art Gallery Subiaco
Cossack Art Prize.
Judge 2015 RAS Perth Show ‘Art Exhibition’
Art presented digitally in The Louvre Paris.
Headland Art Prize Finalist
2014
Artist in Residence Red Gate Gallery Beijing China July/August
Cossack Art Awards WA (Highly Commended)
Art Featured on Times Square Billboards, New York.

2013
Disparate Reprise exhibition Chrissie Cotter Gallery. Sydney
Art Hall Crew Exhibition Crowne Plaza Hotel Terrigal NSW
Terrigal En Plein Air Exhibition Gosford Regional Gallery
It’s Academic. Isn’t it? Solo Exhibition. The Arts Barn Kariong NSW

2012
Selector of art for Gosford Art Prize.
Art Takes Times Square my paintings up on Billboards in Times Square NYC.
Semi Finalist Doug Moran National Portrait Prize
Solo Exhibition Home Gallery Long Jetty
Group Exhibition Crown Plaza Terrigal
My art used to advertise Moran Prize Semi Finalists
Gosford Art Prize Finalist
Crowne Plaza Exhibition Terrigal
Killcare Life saver Fund Raiser Exhibition
Avoca Beach Surf Life Saver Fund Raiser Exhibition

2011
Killcare Surf Life Saving Fund Raiser Exhibition. Featured Artist.
Algonquin Hotel New York Exhibition of art for Katherine T Carter Art Agent.
Rather Be Naked Exhibition Tortuga Gallery St Peters Sydney.
Studio Collectors Exhibition Solo Wamberal NSW

2010
Out From Downunder Exhibition Agora Gallery, Chelsea New York.
New Faces Exhibition Global Gallery Paddington Sydney
2010 continued:
Rather Be Naked exhibition. Mils Gallery Surry Hills Sydney
The Impulse to Disturb Exhibition Polymorph Gallery Newtown.
Real Refuse’s Archibald Exhibition Tap Gallery Darlinghurst Sydney.
Finalist in the $10,000 Gosford Art Prize

2009
June 16th to July 24th Solo Exhibition ‘Gallerie Gora’ Montreal Canada.
Gosford Art Prize Finalist
Super Art Exhibition ‘Breathing Colours Gallery’ Balmain

2008
Andy Warhol exhibition guest artist ‘M’ Gallery.
Rude Nude 5 featured artist. Rouge Gallery.
Saatchi Online Gallery…success International Invitation.
Curator of the Royal Imperial Gallery Gosford.
Curator of Super Centre Art Project Tuggerah*
Curator Steve Irwin Day Celebrity portrait auction.
Celebrity Portrait of Rove McManus Steve Irwin Day auction.
Solo Exhibition ‘M’ Gallery Kincumber
Gosford Art Prize Finalist

*The Super Art Project is about changing vacant outlet shops in a huge Shopping Centre into artist studios and galleries. 22 shops have been converted into art galleries/studios.

2007
Nepal Art Aid Auction
Solo, Pseudo Symbolism. Rose Bay
Chairs for Charity Melbourne Portrait of Mick Doohan.
Gosford Art Prize Finalist.

2006
Glamorama Exhibition Captain Cook Gallery
Rude Nude 4 Grand Gallery Wyong
Rude Nude 4 Capt Cook Gallery Paddington
Coast Fest Gosford NSW
Condescending Exhibition ‘M’ Gallery Kincumber (Opened by James Agapitos and Ray Wilson)
The Hellenic Society Exhibition, Guest Artist.
Gosford Art Prize Finalist
Chairs for Charity Auction Melbourne.

2005
Art is Alive in 2005 Grand Gallery Wyong
Art is Alive in 2005. Metropolitan Gallery. Sydney CBD.
Mardi Gras Exhibition Captain Cook Gallery.Paddington NSW
Rude Nude 3 Grand Gallery Wyong.
Zooid Exhibition Captain Cook Gallery.
Zooid Exhibition Metropolitan Gallery.
Very Bloody Expensive Art Exhibition. Grand Gallery. Wyong
Rude Nude Metropolitan Gallery Sydney.
2005 Continued:
CoastFest Gosford NSW
Christmas Exhibition Grand Gallery
Christmas Exhibition Metropolitan Gallery
Christmas Exhibition Captain Cook Gallery

2004
‘Ferrous Non-Ferrous’ Exhibition Grand Gallery Wyong.
‘Suburbia’ Grand Gallery Wyong.
‘Gosford Art Prize Finalist’
‘Northern Exposure’ Captain Cook Gallery Paddington
‘Ferrous Non-Ferrous’ Exhibition Captain Cook Gallery Paddington
‘City Slickers’ Exhibition Metropolitan Gallery Sydney CBD.
‘Captain Cook Gallery Christmas Exhibition’
‘Birth of the Zooid Exhibition, Grand Gallery Wyong’
‘Hip and Happening Christmas exhibition. Grand Gallery Wyong
‘Christmas Exhibition’ Metropolitan Gallery Sydney CBD
‘Christmas Exhibition’ Captain Cook Gallery Paddington.

2003
‘Rude Nude’ Exhibition Grand Gallery Wyong
‘Rude Nude’ Broken Back Gallery Hunter Valley
‘Oh My God’ Exhibition Grand Gallery Wyong
‘Under a Grand’ Exhibition Grand Gallery Wyong
‘Crossection Exhibition’ Erina Centre Art Space

2001 – 2002.
Rogue Gallery Opening exhibition Wyong.
‘The Gosford Art Prize.’
‘The Good bad and the Ugly’ Exhibition. The Entrance
‘Summer Exhibition’ Entrance Surf Club.
‘Cream of the Crop’ Exhibition Grand Gallery Wyong
‘The Plane’ Exhibition. Grand Gallery Wyong.

2000 - 2001. Hung in Discover Art Gallery Sydney and Newtown.

1999 - 2001. Painted commissions this period.

1999 - Archibald Losers Show TAP Gallery (Darlinghurst)

1998 -Solo Exhibition Avoca Gallery.

1996.
Works hung in local gallery Gosford.
Group Exhibitions Sydney City
Waverley Art Prize
Gosford Sister City Art Prize.

1995
Waverley Art Prize.
Group Exhibitions Sydney City
Gosford Sister City Art Prize.

1994
Sunshine Coast Art Group Exhibition Noosa QLD.
Group Shows Sydney City.
Noosa Art Prize.
Waverley Art Prize
Gosford Sister City Art Prize.

1993
'Still Life Still' Exhibition Sydney City.
Waverley Art Prize.
Various group shows Sydney City.

1992 Solo Exhibition, Tapas Espania Darlinghurst Sydney.

1991 Waverley Art Prize.

1985 Gold Coast Art Show.

CURATORIAL ROLES:

2013
Terrigal Plein Air Exhibition Crowne Plaza Terrigal
Art Hall Crew Crowne Plaza Terrigal
It’s Academic. Isn’t it?? Arts Barn Kariong

2012
Selected finalists art for the Gosford Art Prize
Art Hall Crew Exhibition Crown Plaza Terrigal
Samantha Johns Solo Exhibition Darwin Visual Arts Darwin.

2011
Yianni Johns Solo Exhibition Wamberal NSW

2010
Curator of the Darren Carney Memorial Fund Raiser Exhibition Gosford Regional Gallery.

2008/2009
Guest Artist Andy Warhol Exhibition M Gallery
Umina Rotary Portrait Prize Central Coast
Rude Nude 5 Rogue Gallery‘
The Super Art Project twenty-two studio galleries and sixty-four artists in the one art project.

2006
Gods and Monsters Capt Cook Gallery.
Nepal Art Aid Auction Gallery 460
7Nup opening Exhibition Rose Bay
The Icon Collection Rose Bay.
Steven Bransgrove Solo Exhibition Captain Cook Gallery Paddington.

2005
(Feb.) Art is Alive in 2005 Grand Gallery Wyong
(Feb.) Art is Alive in 2005. Metropolitan Gallery. Sydney CBD.
(Mar.)Mardi Gras Exhibition Captain Cook Gallery.Paddington NSW
(Apr.) Rude Nude 3 Grand Gallery Wyong.
(Apr 15.) Zooid Exhibition Captain Cook Gallery.
(Apr 16.) Zooid Exhibition Metropolitan Gallery.
(June 3rd) The Very Bloody expensive Art Exhibition. Grand Gallery Wyong.
(June 18) Rude Nude Metropolitan Gallery Sydney.
(July 26) Tap Gallery 16th Birthday Exhibition.
(Aug 12th) Muriel Moret solo Metropolitan Gallery
(Oct !8) Coast Fest Art Exhibition Gosford NSW
Dec 9th Christmas Exhibition Grand Gallery
Dec 16th Christmas Exhibition Capt Cook Gallery
Dec 17th Christmas Exhibition Metropolitan
Bleeding Art Exhibition Captain Cook Gallery
Steve Morenos Solo Exhibition Metropolitan Gallery
Denise Walker Solo Exhibition Metropolitan Gallery
2005 contd:
Glamorama Exhibition Capt Cook Gallery
Rude Nude 4 Grand Gallery
Glamorama Grand Gallery
Rude Nude Captain Cook Gallery
The Howard Effect. Paddington.
Condescending ‘M’ Gallery Kincumber
CoastFest Gosford Art Exhibition
Octopuses Garden (Richard Vevers) M Gallery
Stolen Sydney (Jeff Gilberthorpe) M Gallery
Stolen Sydney (Jeff Gilberthorpe) Capt Cook Gallery.

2004
‘Ferrous Non-Ferrous’ Exhibition Grand Gallery Wyong.
‘Rude Nude 2’ Exhibition Grand Gallery Wyong
‘Suburbia’ Exhibition’ Grand Gallery Wyong
‘Reality on Edge’ A solo for Glen Ravo. Grand Gallery Wyong
Selector of paintings for the Gosford Art Prize
Selection Committee Erina Art Space.
Advisory Committee Wyong Council for the Cultural Plan.
‘Northern Exposure’ Paddington.
‘Dragon Boat Breast Cancer Survivors Exhibition’ Wyong. ‘Ferrous Non- Ferrous’ Exhibition’ Paddington.
‘Birth of the ZOOID’ Exhibition. Grand Gallery Wyong.
‘City Slickers…Not’ Exhibition Metropolitan Gallery SYD CBD
‘Christmas Exhibition’ Captain Cook Gallery Paddington.

2003.
Grand Gallery;

Rude Nude Exhibition.
Fantasy Exhibition.(Graeme Balchin’s Solo)
Diary of a Madman in Colour. (Steve Preston’s Solo)
Oh My God Exhibition.
The Grand under a Grand Birthday Exhibition.

Brokenback Gallery Hunter Valley;
Designed gallery and opened with
Rude Nude Exhibition.

Gosford Regional Gallery;
Selected works to hang in the 2003 Gosford Art Prize.
Assisted in hanging Gosford Art Prize.
Erina Centre Art Space Gosford City Council;
‘Crossection Exhibition’ Group show to open space Erina Fair.

2002.
Grand Gallery;
Designed and built Grand Gallery.
Cream of the Crop Exhibition.
The Plane Exhibition.

TRAINING:
As far as painting goes I am self taught. In 1985 I felt an amazing urge to paint, I didn't know what I wanted to paint I just knew I had to. I didn't study any particular style I just embarked on my own journey and painted things that pleased my eye. It was a bit of a struggle but once I developed my style I got right into it. James Agapitos said that I paint for the sake of art and am not driven by commercial intent (Sept 2006.) My early years working to find my style were lonely. I met with like minded people, other artists and decided to just do art for the love of art. I have completed a BA in Fine Art through Curtin University Western Australia. I also completed units specifically aimed at curating exhibitions

COMMISSIONS AND COLLECTORS:
Charter Airline Sydney.
Chamberlain Hotel Sydney City.
Private Collectors in Qld, NSW, WA,
Private Collectors Canada and the USA.
Racing Yacht Design. (a huge emu)
Russian Roulettes Aerobatics Team (Nose Art)
Grounds The Limit. Extreme Sports Company Logo.
Bayer Pharmaceuticals.
Dr Raymond Lee .
Australian Workers Union, Poster.
Professor A Saur. Seguin Texas USA.
David J Harkin Solicitors
Bridget Brannock Terrigal NSW
Al Marsico. Washington D.C. (Mural winter 2004)
Agapitos/Wilson collection. Surreal Nude Study
Stephen Schultz BAE Systems NSW
Simon J Cruzz New York 2010
Katherine Allen New York 2010
Ed and Barbara Cole New York 2010/2011
Paula Scurr 2011
Commissions Pending 2015 and 2016

ART TEACHING POSITIONS:

Wyong Leisure Learning Centre.
Private tuition with individuals.
Central Coast Regional Gallery
Kincumber High School Year 11 & 12 Life Drawing.

MEDIA:
Pilbara News, various articles
2004 to 2013: Radio Reporter/Presenter of weekly show called Smart Arts an hour of live radio devoted to the arts on 92.5 ABC Central Coast.
ABC Northwest: China Residency Interview.
Pilbara News: Archibald painting article.
Pilbara News Solo exhibition article Soul Gallery Café.
Gosford TV video article on me.
Qantas Engineering Behind the scenes.Video story about Qantas Engineering
SBS Television .
Australian Artist Magazine
National Nine Network.
ABC Television
ABC Radio (regular feature on art, weekly)
The Australian.
Freelance Documentary on Artists 2002.
Coasting Magazine.
Central Coast Sun.
Express Advocate.
The Telegraph.
Central Coast imag.
Grapevine Magazine
Loaded Brush ABC TV Documentary. Apr 05
Sunrise Channel 7 Sydney Apr 05
NBN Archibald story Apr 05.
Star FM Radio
C FM Radio
Financial Review
NBN Zooid article June 05
Star 104.5 Comments on Pro Harts Death.
ABC Radio 1233 Newcastle
National Nine News TV Archibald Prize Article 2008
2010 Australia Day Ambassador.
Gallery Guide New York May 2010
Art is Spectrum Magazine New York May 2010
Art-mine.com
NAVA Website

BOOKS:
“Significant Males of the Central Coast.” by Margaret Hardy.
“Art Takes Times Square 2012.” Editor Jeffrey Aldrich.

SPEAKING ENGAGEMENTS:
University of Newcastle. Faculty of Arts
Gosford Regional Gallery
Tuggerah Lakes Art Society
Exhibition opening The Entrance
ABC Radio
Opened Barry Walsh Exhibition ‘M’ Gallery
Guest Presenter 2006 Newcastle ABC Music Awards
Gosford Blues Festival…M.C.
Guest Presenter 2007 Newcastle ABC Music Awards
Opened Umina Rotary Portrait Prize.2008
Toukley and districts 57th Art Prize opening 2008
Host Travelling Film Festival Avoca Beach Cinema 2008
Host Gosford Blues Festival. Iguanas Gosford 2008
Officially opened Groove in the Art Exhibition Super Art Project. 2009
Officially opened Mandalay Art House Super Art Project.2009
2010 Australia Day Ambassador for Wyong.
2011 Australia Day Ambassador Grafton Shire.
2011 Western Sydney Law Society Meeting for Attorney General.
2012 Australia Day Ambassador Tamworth Shire Bendemeer.
2012 Opened Exhibition Gosford
2013 Host of The Rocky Horror Show Avoca Beach Picture Theatre
2013 Australia Ambassador to Leeton Shire
2014 China Australia Business Commission Lunch Beijing
2014 Expat Gallery Owners Convention Beijing.
2014 ABC Northwest Featured Interview, Morning Show.

ART RELATED POSITIONS:

Selected Finalist Art for Gosford Art Prize. 3 years running.
President of the Friends Gosford Regional Gallery.
Chairman of the Board C4 Creative Collective.
2004 to 2013. Arts reporter for ABC Local Radio 92.5
Founder of the ZOOID art movement.
Advisory committee member Gosford Regional Gallery.
Cultural plan advisory committee member Wyong Council
Curator of Art, Coast Fest 2005 (Gosford Council)
Proprietor of ARTWHOLE Exhibitions and Installations.
Curator Steve Irwin Day Celebrity Portrait Auction Australia Zoo QLD 2008
Art Advisor to the Federal Arts Minister Peter Garrett 2009 onwards.
Australia Day Award for Services to Arts and Culture Wyong Shire
Australia Day Ambassador 2010 and currently annually.
Advisory and design team committee member for the Art House Wyong Council
Artist in Residence Red Gate Gallery Beijing, China 2014
Judge RAS Perth Show Art Exhibition 2015

COMMENT:
I find inspiration to paint mostly in our urban cityscapes. I love the dynamics of light. People have commented on the stillness my work purveys. I particularly like the works of Jeffrey Smart, Edward Hopper, Brett Whiteley and PICASSO. I am passionate about my art and the older I get the more the desire to create overtakes anything else that is going on in my life at the time.

I am a full-time practicing Artist living in Karratha WA.

I am presently building an exhibition which is a response to my recent residency in Beijing. The Solo exhibition of my art will be held at “Buratti Fine Art Gallery” in Subiaco in Perth Chinese New Year 2016. Also in 2016 I will be having an exhibition of my paintings in Bellamo Italy on the famed Lake Como in the village where Hollywood elites own villas. My work will be hung in an ex church that dates back to 1200AD. In 2017 I have an exhibition in the Artifact Gallery in the famed Orchard St in the East Village in New York. As well as other art prizes here in Australia.

Press

Pilbara News, various articles
2004 to 2013: Radio Reporter/Presenter of weekly show called Smart Arts an hour of live radio devoted to the arts on 92.5 ABC Central Coast.
ABC Northwest: China Residency Interview.
Pilbara News: Archibald painting article.
Pilbara News Solo exhibition article Soul Gallery Café.
Gosford TV video article on me.
Qantas Engineering Behind the scenes.Video story about Qantas Engineering
SBS Television .
Australian Artist Magazine
National Nine Network.
ABC Television
ABC Radio (regular feature on art, weekly)
The Australian.
Freelance Documentary on Artists 2002.
Coasting Magazine.
Central Coast Sun.
Express Advocate.
The Telegraph.
Central Coast imag.
Grapevine Magazine
Loaded Brush ABC TV Documentary. Apr 05
Sunrise Channel 7 Sydney Apr 05
NBN Archibald story Apr 05.
Star FM Radio
C FM Radio
Financial Review
NBN Zooid article June 05
Star 104.5 Comments on Pro Harts Death.
ABC Radio 1233 Newcastle
National Nine News TV Archibald Prize Article 2008
2010 Australia Day Ambassador.
Gallery Guide New York May 2010
Art is Spectrum Magazine New York May 2010
Art-mine.com
NAVA Website

BOOKS:
“Significant Males of the Central Coast.” by Margaret Hardy.
“Art Takes Times Square 2012.” Editor Jeffrey Aldrich.

SPEAKING ENGAGEMENTS:
University of Newcastle. Faculty of Arts
Gosford Regional Gallery
Tuggerah Lakes Art Society
Exhibition opening The Entrance
ABC Radio
Opened Barry Walsh Exhibition ‘M’ Gallery
Guest Presenter 2006 Newcastle ABC Music Awards
Gosford Blues Festival…M.C.
Guest Presenter 2007 Newcastle ABC Music Awards
Opened Umina Rotary Portrait Prize.2008
Toukley and districts 57th Art Prize opening 2008
Host Travelling Film Festival Avoca Beach Cinema 2008
Host Gosford Blues Festival. Iguanas Gosford 2008
Officially opened Groove in the Art Exhibition Super Art Project. 2009
Officially opened Mandalay Art House Super Art Project.2009
2010 Australia Day Ambassador for Wyong.
2011 Australia Day Ambassador Grafton Shire.
2011 Western Sydney Law Society Meeting for Attorney General.
2012 Australia Day Ambassador Tamworth Shire Bendemeer.
2012 Opened Exhibition Gosford
2013 Host of The Rocky Horror Show Avoca Beach Picture Theatre
2013 Australia Ambassador to Leeton Shire
2014 China Australia Business Commission Lunch Beijing
2014 Expat Gallery Owners Convention Beijing.
2014 ABC Northwest Featured Interview, Morning Show.

Influences

Jeffrey Smart, Edward Hopper, Alex Katz, John Curren, Andy Warhol, Brett Whiteley, most artists inspire me.

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