My art is quite simple really. It doesn't try to do anything other than be a reflection of people I see, and meet. Bars can be particularly interesting for subjects because many people are playing the mating game in a place where the lighting can be very theatrical, much like on a stage except that it is real life. I like the way that people behave when they relax and reveal a little of the inner self. Australian art has a much smaller tradition of cosmopolitan city based art than Europe, yet here the theatricality of the cosmopolis is that much starker for its contrast with the vastness of the outdoors so close by. The theatre that is my inspiration is Kings Cross in Sydney, Australia. This is an area where the extraordinary is normal, and the Australian bohemian spirit lives on. Australian artists usually find inspiration in the bush. My art is Australian art, yet the inspiration is the heart of the city. My name is Tony Johansen, although I sign my paintings TonyJohansen.com, a sign of the times. Welcome to my life in art.
Biography: Tony Johansen was born in 1955. he grew up on dairy farms and considers the tropical rainforests of far North Queensland his 'home'. Even so he is the quintessential urban artist, based in Kings Cross, a high density, raucous, cosmopolitan red light district in the heart of Sydney. Tony studied at the National Art School and at the prestgious Julian Ashton Art School. He has always regarded his greatest teacher to be Leonardo da Vinci, and follows Leonardo's philosophy of the Universal Man, and the nexus between the forefront of art and science. tony's studio is known as the East sydney Academy of Art. It is a bohemian centre for art, learning, discussion, and arts politics revolution. Tony instigated many events and organisations at the centre of Kings Cross and Australian art, including the Kings Cross Arts Guild, sponsor of the Kings Cross Arts Festival and the composition of original musicals and a new concerto. In 1997 Tony started the Real Refuses, a democratic and artist run alternative to the prestigious Archibald Prize. The Archibald is seen by many artists as an exclusive establishment club. In 2004 Tony took the Trustees of the Art Gallery of NSW to the Supreme Court for unfairly awarding the prize to an entry that was ineligle under the rules of the Archibald Bequest. In previous years the Trustees had taken legal steps to strip another artist of the prize when they claimed the same rules had been contravened. The case will be heard in early 2006. Latest news can be found at http://kingscross.blogs.com/archibald Exhibition history, competitions, and collections with works by Tony Johansen can be found on the history page of Tony's main site tonyjohansen.com
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