Paul Johns

Aotearoa New Zealand, b.1951

Untitled

  • Purchased, 2004
  • Reproduced with permission
  • Enamel on canvas
  • 420 x 1705 x 20mm
  • 2004/31
  • 1998

Untitled is a photographic, screen-printed image on canvas which is similar to Italian Renaissance images of the dead Christ. Paul Johns’ work, though, also suggests a modern fascination with sexuality and religion, and with the idea of the glance that seduces.

This work is from a series called ‘I Want To Be Your Slave’ in which Johns looked at Western art’s representation of Christ and the Christian martyrs and saints.

Johns was born in Christchurch and studied at the University of Canterbury School of Fine Arts. He has exhibited regularly in group and solo exhibitions throughout New Zealand and is the recipient of several awards and grants. He lives and works in Christchurch.

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