Featured Artist: Yianni Johns

Yianni Johns



Australian Artist, Yianni Johns has been painting for decades and has had exhibitions of his art in many states of Australia, and internationally in New York, Montreal, Paris, Beijing and Ardlethan his new home town.


Most recently selling the highest priced painting at “The Other Art Fair Melbourne” in August 2018.Yianni’s style of artworks has been associated with the likes of Australian Artist Jeffrey Smart, American Artist Edward Hopper and Alex Katz. Yianni’s work plays with the notion of the beauty of the man made in the landscape. He also works in a style called “Documentary Realism,” where a lot of his inspiration is gathered and collected from the internet.

One of his recent exhibitions in Sydney featured twenty-one Australian Politicians, where he reverse engineered the portraits and re-made them in a colour field abstract style. Sounds weird. Well they look weird on the wall, until you get your cell phone out, turn the camera app on and look at these artworks through your camera, they snap into reality.

Yianni is also an accomplished Curator with over 80 exhibitions under his belt when he was curating four galleries, one on the Central Coast of NSW and three in Sydney, one in Paddington, one in Sydney’s CBD and another in Rose bay.

Yianni was awarded an Australia Day Award in 2010 for his services to Arts and Culture in the Central Coast Region and was the creative brain and curator behind the Super Art Project in Tuggerah NSW. He turned 24 vacant Supa Centa shops into 24 artist studio galleries housing 64 working artists. Thousands of visitors got to experience art weekly during the life of the biggest and most diverse art project to hit the Central Coast region of NSW.

Yianni is an Australia Day Ambassador as an artist delivering the Australia Day address to towns all over the state. In 2018 he was the Australia Day Ambassador to Wagga Wagga. A fine welcome to his new hometown region.

From 2004 to 2013 Yianni was an Arts Reporter and Presenter for 92.5 ABC Central Coast with his weekly hour of live radio in his show called Smart Arts, a radio show about the arts and artists. He is also a Casual Producer for ABC Riverina.

In 2014 Yianni spent 2 months in Beijing as Artist in Residence with one of the oldest commercial galleries in China the Red Gate Gallery.

In 2012, 2014 and 2018, Yianni’s art was projected onto the billboards of Times Square and also in the Louvre in Paris in 2016. Hundreds of thousands of people got to see his work. Yianni was part of the ‘Art Takes Times Square’ organisation.

Yianni says his art is like oxygen to him. He can’t live without it.


For more of Yianni’s works visit his website


Want to see your artworks hung in our Window Gallery? It’s completely free and available to any artist within our region. Just fill out the form below or send us an email at comms@easterriverinaarts.org.au



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