Helen Johnson Wishes for Life 2022 - 20 - SOLD OUT


We are pleased to release a unique editioned artwork by Helen Johnson. Proceeds from the sale of this edition will support the development of artist-led education initiatives at MUMA across 2023.

Helen Johnson Wishes for Life 2022

Edition: 35 with the first 25 available through MUMA. Each work is unique, signed and numbered by the artist on the verso.
Size: 38 x 47.5 cm (paper) 24 x 34 cm plate, landscape
Medium: spit bite, sugar-lift aquatint and monoprint, printed from 2 plates on BFK Rives 250gsm
Price: $900
Add framing: $181 framed by United Measures
Printed by Trent Walter, Danni McGrath, Helen Johnson and Brighid Fitzgerald at Negative Press, Melbourne
(prices include GST)

Helen Johnson’s practice is characterised by her use of historical imagery, subversion of colonial narratives and blending of figurative images with abstraction. In her more recent works, Johnson uses painting to explore the experience of women and motherhood. 

This limited edition depicts two profiles of faces who are drawn together by a connecting organic eye-like stream. The artworks are printed from two plates: first a spit bite, sugarlift aquatint was printed in ultramarine from a copper plate, followed by a monotype painted by Johnson in watercolour onto an acrylic plate. Johnson's painterly monotypes make each work unique with the figures of the etching layer becoming more or less visible depending on the individual hand-painted layer.

Born in 1979 in Naarm/Melbourne, Australia, Helen Johnson has a PHD in Fine Art, Monash University and is currently undertaking a Master of Art Therapy at LaTrobe University. Johnson has held solo exhibitions nationally and internationally including Judy Watson & Helen Johnson: the red thread of history, loose ends, the Balnaves Commission, National Gallery of Australia, Canberra, and Monash University Museum of Art, Melbourne 2022; Warm Ties, Institute of Contemporary Art, London, Chapter, Cardiff and Artspace, Sydney, 2017–18; Ends, New Museum, New York, 2017 and Barron Field, Glasgow International, 2016. Her work has been included in major group exhibitions Trembling, Villa Paloma, Nouveau Musée National de Monaco, 2021-22; No One Is An Island, Kistefos, Norway; A Year in Art: Australia 1992, Tate Modern, London, 2021-23; Know My Name: Australian Women Artists 1900 to Now, National Gallery of Australia, Canberra, 2020; I wish I never kissed that frog, Jeanine Hofland, Amsterdam, 2015 and Relational Changes, Christine König Galerie, Vienna, 2015. 

Helen Johnson is represented by Sutton Gallery, Melbourne; Pilar Corrias, London; and Château Shatto, Los Angeles.

If you would like to discuss your purchase or make an appointment to view the artworks please email alicia.renew@monash.edu 

Delivery and Framing
Each artwork is unframed unless you select the framing option. Unframed works will be professionally packed and delivered to you.

If you would like your edition framed, please select the framing option at checkout. Your artwork will be sent to United Measures, and you will be contacted when it is ready to be collected. Unless otherwise requested, framing will be as the artist has specified: a white Australian oak frame with a 15 mm set back on white museum board.

Photography: Matthew Stanton 



Contact Name:  Alicia Renew

Contact Email:  alicia.renew@monash.edu

Contact Phone:  +61 3 9905 4217


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