Born in 1963, studied at the National Art School. Johnson has completed numerous residencies both in Europe and Australia and been awarded many commissions.
Matthew Johnson was born in 1963 in London, and now lives and works in Melbourne, Victoria. He studied at the National Art School in Sydney during 1982-84 completing a Higher Art Certificate. His abstract and pigmented works reflect the variable qualities of nature and the manmade as well as his diverse cultural experiences drawn from travelling. The compositional structures are geometric, stripes, grids or sequential patterns and arrangements demonstrating layering of paint. Johnson uses the pigment iriodin which is made from sand and gives the canvases an effervescent glow. Johnson has completed numerous residencies both in Europe and Australia including the Australia Council Barcelona Residency in Spain, the Cite des Artes International Artist Residency in Paris, and Artist in Residence programs in Bundanon, New South Wales, Bundaberg Arts Centre in Queensland and Templestowe, Victoria. He has won the Fishers Ghost Art Prize from Campbelltown City Gallery, NSW in 1993; the Faber Castell Prize for Drawing in 1988; the Victoria Commercial Architecture award, in association with MGS Architects, and was a finalist in the Mosman Art Prize in 2011. Johnson has also received two travel research grants. His work is held in numerous private and corporate collections nationally and internationally such as Artbank, Bundaberg Arts Centre collection, Faber Castell Collection, Heide Museum of Art, Melbourne, Monash University Museum of Art, Macquarie Bank collection, State Bank Victoria, News Corporation Collection and many more.