Mount of the Blue Triangle
A New Zealander by birth, Johnston moved to Australia in
1953. As his earlier figurative works gave way to abstract
images in the mid 1950s Johnson realized that elements of shape,
line, colour and texture were inexhaustible studies in
Johnson, who says of his work "I hope to know little and to know
it well," has used both shape and colour in Mount of the Blue
Triangle to create a work that is far from lifeless.
Employing colour against a white background Johnson has given a
fluidity to his forms, some of which have been modified texturally
so that they appear to be transparent while others have been
painted in solid colours so that they visually advance from or
recede into the picture plane.