Cath Johnston
Cath Johnston
Cath Johnston
Cath Johnston
Cath Johnston
Cath Johnston
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Cath Johnston

I was born in 1971, the eldest child of George and Aldy Johnston. My father is a Scottish immigrant who has always encouraged me to build big and dream bigger. My mother is an Australian Art and Home Studies teacher. I spent my early childhood growing up on a Kiwi Fruit farm in the green hills of Maleny, QLD. My backyard was a valley with the beautiful Obi Obi Creek and its waterfalls, swimming holes and rockpools. The freedom and practical independence of this childhood has shaped me as an adult and runs deep through my artistic practice.

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Sales & Commissions

I have a number of smaller works for sale by the print edition and as individual commissions. Most of my larger works have been committed to exhibition schedule over the next few years, but are available for sale upon negotiation. The larger works featured in my gallery that are still available for sale have information listed on their gallery page.

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  • Reflection

    Reflection

    Cath Johnston 2018 Mixed Media $3200

    Locked in an endless gaze of contemplation, mirrors to each other’s souls, these two women share the cramped and confronting close quarters of a small but luxurious stone bath. There is a powerful connection in the silent space between them… heavily charged with energy yet strangely calm and meditative. Washed clean of the outside worlds dogma, the pure light of love within gives a pearl like luminescence to their skin. Are they sisters, lovers, friends or strangers? They are souls… and their connection gives strength and love and calm. There is peace in this moment in the otherwise hectic and harsh reality of this world… long may they soak.

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  • Rainbow Love

    Rainbow Love

    Artist Cath Johnston had her rainbow love installation piece at the Rainbow Families Qld launch—attendees will have the opportunity to add their own rainbow ribbon or get a photo in front of her artwork, which was created to advocate for same sex marriage reform. Read More

  • Bagsnatcher

    Bagsnatcher

    Collaborative Sculpture Painting installation of molded leather bags

    ‘Bag Snatcher’ is a culturally collaborative installation of 5 molded leather bags, life size representations of a baby, child, mother and father, each depicting painted stories of the stolen generation. The work toys with the symbolism of ‘baggage’; hiding the contents, the person within, so that all tangible individualism and personality is obscured and ultimately lost. This work comments on the objectification of an entire race of people, to be passed around, moved on, overlooked, and ultimately stolen. The use of leather as a medium has a direct connection to notions of skin or ‘surface’.

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  • Time Bomb

    Time Bomb

    Resin eggs containing watches, hospital bed

    We enter and leave the world alone (single hospital bed) on the clinical facade of expectation. Time bomb represents the personality within life’s limitations, the passage of time towards death, and the social constraints defining our experience. The scars of births, menstruation, sex, celebration and violence leave marks of living on the dirty bloodied sheets, the detritus of a life lived on the blank canvas of our lives.

    Individual Eggs $150 each (personal choice of favourite egg), Complete Sculpture $35 000

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  • Ghost

    Ghost

    Large format photographs - series of 3 images

    The modern day Madonna and Child. The spirit of life flickers as the child dances with death. Spectral and elusive, the child is neglected by all bar the televisions soothing lullabye. All hope is lost, the world is undefined and any tangible reality blurs at the edges. Is anybody out there? Please?

    Price: Limited edition prints 2/20 sold. Dimensions: 101cm W x 68cm H each. $2100 framed or $1500 unframed. Price for set of 3 is $5800 framed or $4200 unframed.

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To Have and To Hold- 2011
Time Bomb - 2010

Resin eggs containing watches, hospital bed

Ancient hands cradle life's fragility and the choices we make in living it.

Dimensions: 3 x individual sets of hands are approx 20cm Lx 15cm w x 10cm H

Price: $300 each without stand