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Yianni Johns

Ardlethan NSW


Tel: +61 439 647 747

Professional info




Artist and Exhibition Designer, Curator:


Bachelor of Arts (Fine Art) Curtin University WA


 Master of Arts (Writing) Swinburne University VIC


 Ph 0439 647747 







BORN:           Australia.




This resume is in 2 parts. As Artist first half. As Curator second half.




Still painting commissioned art works for clients

Featured Artist Aarwun Gallery Canberra "Salon 21"

Featured Artist Ariah 62 Dine in Gallery Ardlethan 

Elected President of The Imagine Committee Arts Body Temora Council

Commissioned by Cootamundra Gundagai Shire Council to paint the “Gundagai Girls” a Mural on the Elders Building in Gundagai March 1st to 5th.

Art Workshops Life Drawing Teacher March 27 for Temora Council

Art Workshops Painting Teacher March 28th for Temora Council

April Judging Leeton Annual Art Prize

May 2021 Curating the Ardlethan Annual Art Prize


Finalist Napier Waller National Art Prize. War Memorial Canberra Australia

Opened Milliner & The Maker Gallery in Temora NSW where I display 

my own art and teach painting.

Covid  19 has put many of my art projects on hold.


Ardlethan Art Prize Finalist

The Other Art Fair Sydney (Selected Artist)

Attempted The Archibald Prize

Attempted The Doug Moran Art Prize

Extensive Commission work and sales.



The Other Art Fair Melbourne Exhibitor

A Taste of Yianni Solo Exhibition. 

Art Takes Times Square

Judge: Temora Shire 2018 Art Awards

Judge: Leeton Annual flower Art Exhibition. 



Completing numerous private commissions.

Gosford Art Prize

Archibald Prize entry (rejected)



Gosford Art Prize (Finalist)

Cossack Art Awards (Finalist)

Featured Artist ‘Urban Art Project’ NSW Central Coast

Solo Portrait Exhibition Tap Gallery 



First Look Exhibition Buratti Fine Art Gallery Subiaco

Cossack Art Prize.

Judge 2015 RAS Perth Show ‘Art Exhibition’

Art displayed in the Louvre in Paris  

Art presented digitally in The Louvre Paris.

Headland Art Prize Finalist

Featured Artist Urban Art Project Central Coast NSW



Artist in Residence Red Gate Gallery Beijing China July/August

Studio Exhibition Beijing July

Studio Exhibition Beijing August

Cossack Art Awards WA (Highly Commended)

Art Featured on Times Square Billboards, New York.



Disparate Reprise exhibition Chrissie Cotter Gallery. Sydney

Art Hall Crew Exhibition Crowne Plaza Hotel Terrigal NSW

Terrigal En Plein Air Exhibition Gosford Regional Gallery

It’s Academic. Isn’t it? Solo Exhibition. The Arts Barn Kariong NSW





Selector of art for Gosford Art Prize.

Art Takes Times Square my paintings up on Billboards in Times Square NYC.

Semi Finalist Doug Moran National Portrait Prize

Solo Exhibition Home Gallery Long Jetty 

Group Exhibition Crown Plaza Terrigal

My art used to advertise Moran Prize Semi Finalists

Gosford Art Prize Finalist

Crowne Plaza Exhibition Terrigal

Killcare Life saver Fund Raiser Exhibition

Avoca Beach Surf Life Saver Fund Raiser Exhibition






Killcare Surf Life Saving Fund Raiser Exhibition. Featured Artist.

Algonquin Hotel New York Exhibition of art for Katherine T Carter Art Agent.

Rather Be Naked Exhibition Tortuga Gallery St Peters Sydney.

Studio Collectors Exhibition Solo Wamberal NSW



Out From Downunder Exhibition Agora Gallery, Chelsea New York.

New Faces Exhibition Global Gallery Paddington Sydney

2010 continued:

Rather Be Naked exhibition. Mils Gallery Surry Hills Sydney

The Impulse to Disturb Exhibition Polymorph Gallery Newtown.

Real Refuse’s Archibald Exhibition Tap Gallery Darlinghurst Sydney.

Finalist in the $10,000 Gosford Art Prize



June 16thto July 24th Solo Exhibition ‘Gallerie Gora’ Montreal Canada.

Gosford Art Prize Finalist

Super Art Exhibition ‘Breathing Colours Gallery’ Balmain



Andy Warhol exhibition guest artist ‘M’ Gallery.

Rude Nude 5 featured artist. Rouge Gallery.

Saatchi Online Gallery…success International Invitation.

Curator of the Royal Imperial Gallery Gosford.

Curator of Super Centre Art Project Tuggerah*

Curator Steve Irwin Day Celebrity portrait auction.

Celebrity Portrait of Rove McManus Steve Irwin Day auction.

Solo Exhibition ‘M’ Gallery Kincumber

Gosford Art Prize Finalist   


*The Super Art Project is about changing vacant outlet shops in a huge Shopping Centre into artist studios and galleries. 24 shops were converted into art galleries/studios. There were 64 Artists in all genres working in these studio galleries. With weekly openings and events it became the art Mecca of the Central Coast





Nepal Art Aid Auction

Solo, Pseudo Symbolism. Rose Bay

Chairs for Charity Melbourne Portrait of Mick Doohan.

Gosford Art Prize Finalist.



Glamorama Exhibition Captain Cook Gallery

Rude Nude 4 Grand Gallery Wyong

Rude Nude 4 Capt Cook Gallery Paddington

Coast Fest  Gosford NSW

Condescending Exhibition ‘M’ Gallery Kincumber (Opened by James Agapitos and Ray Wilson)

The Hellenic Society Exhibition, Guest Artist.

Gosford Art Prize Finalist

Chairs for Charity Auction Melbourne.



Art is Alive in 2005 Grand Gallery Wyong

Art is Alive in 2005. Metropolitan Gallery. Sydney CBD.

Mardi Gras Exhibition Captain Cook Gallery.Paddington NSW

Rude Nude 3 Grand Gallery Wyong.

Zooid Exhibition Captain Cook Gallery.

Zooid Exhibition Metropolitan Gallery.

Very Bloody Expensive Art Exhibition. Grand Gallery. Wyong

Rude Nude Metropolitan Gallery Sydney.

2005 Continued:

CoastFest Gosford NSW

Christmas Exhibition Grand Gallery

Christmas Exhibition Metropolitan Gallery

Christmas Exhibition Captain Cook Gallery



‘Ferrous Non-Ferrous’ Exhibition Grand Gallery Wyong.

‘Suburbia’ Grand Gallery Wyong.

‘Gosford Art Prize Finalist’ 

‘Northern Exposure’ Captain Cook Gallery Paddington

‘Ferrous Non-Ferrous’ Exhibition Captain Cook Gallery Paddington

‘City Slickers’ Exhibition Metropolitan Gallery Sydney CBD.

‘Captain Cook Gallery Christmas Exhibition’

‘Birth of the Zooid Exhibition, Grand Gallery Wyong’

‘Hip and Happening Christmas exhibition. Grand Gallery Wyong

‘Christmas Exhibition’ Metropolitan Gallery Sydney CBD

‘Christmas Exhibition’ Captain Cook Gallery Paddington.








‘Rude Nude’ Exhibition Grand Gallery Wyong

‘Rude Nude’ Broken Back Gallery Hunter Valley

‘Oh My God’ Exhibition Grand Gallery Wyong

‘Under a Grand’ Exhibition Grand Gallery Wyong

‘Crossection Exhibition’ Erina Centre Art Space


2001 – 2002.

Rogue Gallery Opening exhibition Wyong.

‘The Gosford Art Prize.’

‘The Good bad and the Ugly’ Exhibition. The Entrance

‘Summer Exhibition’ Entrance Surf Club.

‘Cream of the Crop’ Exhibition Grand Gallery Wyong

‘The Plane’ Exhibition. Grand Gallery Wyong.


2000 - 2001. Hung in Discover Art Gallery Sydney and Newtown.


1999 - 2001. Painted commissions this period.


1999- Archibald Losers Show  TAP Gallery (Darlinghurst)


1998-Solo Exhibition Avoca Gallery.



Works hung in local gallery Gosford.

Group Exhibitions Sydney City

Waverley Art Prize

Gosford Sister City Art Prize.





Waverley Art Prize.

Group Exhibitions Sydney City

Gosford Sister City Art Prize.



Sunshine Coast Art Group Exhibition Noosa QLD.

Group Shows Sydney City. 

Noosa Art Prize.

Waverley Art Prize

Gosford Sister City Art Prize.



'Still Life Still' Exhibition Sydney City.

Waverley Art Prize.

Various group shows Sydney City.


1992Solo Exhibition, Tapas Espania Darlinghurst Sydney.


1991Waverley Art Prize.


1985Gold Coast Art Show.






Hung my own Solo Ardlethan May



Cossack Art Prize 

(Assistant Curator) 



Terrigal Plein Air Exhibition Crowne Plaza Terrigal

Art Hall Crew Crowne Plaza Terrigal

It’s Academic. Isn’t it?? Arts Barn Kariong



Selected finalists art for the Gosford Art Prize

Art Hall Crew Exhibition Crown Plaza Terrigal

Samantha Johns Solo Exhibition Darwin Visual Arts Darwin.



Yianni Johns Solo Exhibition Wamberal NSW




Curator of the Darren Carney Memorial Fund Raiser Exhibition Gosford Regional Gallery.



Guest Artist Andy Warhol Exhibition M Gallery

Umina Rotary Portrait Prize Central Coast

Rude Nude 5 Rogue Gallery‘

The Super Art Project twenty-two studio galleries and sixty-four artists in the one art project.



Gods and Monsters Capt Cook Gallery.

Nepal Art Aid Auction Gallery 460 

7Nup opening Exhibition Rose Bay

The Icon Collection Rose Bay.

Steven Bransgrove Solo Exhibition Captain Cook Gallery Paddington.



(Feb.) Art is Alive in 2005 Grand Gallery Wyong

(Feb.) Art is Alive in 2005. Metropolitan Gallery. Sydney CBD.

(Mar.)Mardi Gras Exhibition Captain Cook Gallery.Paddington NSW

(Apr.) Rude Nude 3 Grand Gallery Wyong.

(Apr 15.) Zooid Exhibition Captain Cook Gallery.

(Apr 16.) Zooid Exhibition Metropolitan Gallery.

(June 3rd) The Very Bloody expensive Art Exhibition. Grand Gallery Wyong.

(June 18) Rude Nude Metropolitan Gallery Sydney.

(July 26) Tap Gallery 16thBirthday Exhibition.

(Aug 12th) Muriel Moret solo Metropolitan Gallery

(Oct !8) Coast Fest Art Exhibition Gosford NSW

Dec 9thChristmas Exhibition Grand Gallery

Dec 16thChristmas Exhibition Capt Cook Gallery

Dec 17thChristmas Exhibition Metropolitan

Bleeding Art Exhibition Captain Cook Gallery

Steve Morenos Solo Exhibition Metropolitan Gallery

Denise Walker Solo Exhibition Metropolitan Gallery

Glamorama Exhibition Capt Cook Gallery

Rude Nude 4 Grand Gallery

Glamorama Grand Gallery

Rude Nude Captain Cook Gallery

The Howard Effect. Paddington.

Condescending  ‘M’ Gallery Kincumber

CoastFest Gosford Art Exhibition

Octopuses Garden (Richard Vevers) M Gallery

Stolen Sydney (Jeff Gilberthorpe) M Gallery

Stolen Sydney (Jeff Gilberthorpe) Capt Cook Gallery.





‘Ferrous Non-Ferrous’ Exhibition Grand Gallery Wyong.

‘Rude Nude 2’ Exhibition Grand Gallery Wyong

‘Suburbia’ Exhibition’ Grand Gallery Wyong

‘Reality on Edge’ A solo for Glen Ravo. Grand Gallery Wyong

Selector of paintings for the Gosford Art Prize

Selection Committee Erina Art Space.

Advisory Committee Wyong Council for the Cultural Plan.

‘Northern Exposure’ Paddington.

‘Dragon Boat Breast Cancer Survivors Exhibition’ Wyong.                        ‘Ferrous Non- Ferrous’ Exhibition’ Paddington.

‘Birth of the ZOOID’ Exhibition. Grand Gallery Wyong.

‘City Slickers…Not’ Exhibition Metropolitan Gallery SYD CBD

‘Christmas Exhibition’ Captain Cook Gallery Paddington.




Grand Gallery;


Rude Nude Exhibition.

Fantasy Exhibition.(Graeme Balchin’s Solo)

Diary of a Madman in Colour. (Steve Preston’s Solo)

Oh My God Exhibition.

The Grand under a Grand Birthday Exhibition.


Brokenback Gallery Hunter Valley;

Designed gallery and opened with

Rude Nude Exhibition.



Gosford Regional Gallery;

Selected works to hang in the 2003 Gosford Art Prize.

Assisted in hanging Gosford Art Prize.

Erina Centre Art Space Gosford City Council;

‘Crossection Exhibition’ Group show to open space Erina Fair.



Grand Gallery;

Designed and built Grand Gallery.

Cream of the Crop Exhibition.

The Plane Exhibition.



Bachelor of Arts (Fine Art) Curtin University  Perth WA

Master of Arts (Writing) Swinburne University Melbourne Vic


Charter Airline Sydney.

Chamberlain Hotel Sydney City.

Private Collectors in Qld, NSW, WA,

Private Collectors Canada and the USA.

Racing Yacht Design. (a huge emu)

Russian Roulettes Aerobatics Team (Nose Art)

Grounds The Limit. Extreme Sports Company Logo.

Bayer Pharmaceuticals.

Dr Raymond Lee .

Australian Workers Union, Poster.

Professor A Saur. Seguin Texas USA.

David J Harkin Solicitors

Bridget Brannock Terrigal NSW

Al Marsico. Washington D.C. (Mural winter 2004)

Agapitos/Wilson collection. Surreal Nude Study

Stephen Schultz BAE Systems NSW

Simon J Cruzz New York 2010

Katherine Allen New York 2010

Ed and Barbara Cole New York 2010/2011

Paula Scurr 2011

Commissions Private 2016 and 2017

Private Commissions 2018

Private Commissions 2019

Private Commissions 2020





Wyong Leisure Learning Centre.

Private tuition with individuals.

Central Coast Regional Gallery

Kincumber High School Year 11 & 12 Life Drawing.

2020 Teaching Painting to individuals. Milliner and Maker Temora



Pilbara News, various articles

2004 to 2013: Radio Reporter/Presenter of weekly show called Smart Arts an hour of live radio devoted to the arts on 92.5 ABC Central Coast.

ABC Northwest: China Residency Interview. 

Pilbara News: Archibald painting article.

Pilbara News Solo exhibition article Soul Gallery Café.

Gosford TV video article on me.

Qantas Engineering Behind the scenes.Video story about Qantas Engineering

SBS Television .

Australian Artist Magazine 

National Nine Network.

ABC Television

ABC  Radio (regular feature on art, weekly)

The Australian.

Freelance Documentary on Artists 2002.

Coasting Magazine.

Central Coast Sun.

Express Advocate.

The Telegraph.

Central Coast  imag.

Grapevine Magazine

Loaded Brush ABC TV Documentary. Apr 05

Sunrise Channel 7 Sydney Apr 05

NBN Archibald story Apr 05.

Star FM Radio

C FM Radio

Financial Review

NBN Zooid article June 05

Star 104.5 Comments on Pro Harts Death.

ABC Radio 1233 Newcastle

National Nine News TV Archibald Prize Article 2008

2010 Australia Day Ambassador.

Gallery Guide New York May 2010

Art is Spectrum Magazine New York May 2010

NAVA Website

Qantas Airways, Our Aircraft Engineers. Video on YouTube

1233 ABC Newcastle interview on art.

ABC Riverina May 2018.

ABC Riverina September October, Producer Presenter.



“Significant Males of the Central Coast.” by Margaret Hardy.

“Art Takes Times Square 2012.” Editor Jeffrey Aldrich.




University of Newcastle. Faculty of Arts

Gosford Regional Gallery

Tuggerah Lakes Art Society

Exhibition opening The Entrance

ABC Radio

Opened Barry Walsh Exhibition ‘M’ Gallery

Guest Presenter 2006 Newcastle ABC Music Awards

Gosford Blues Festival…M.C.

Guest Presenter 2007 Newcastle ABC Music Awards

Opened Umina Rotary Portrait Prize.2008

Toukley and districts 57thArt Prize opening 2008

Host  Travelling Film Festival Avoca Beach Cinema 2008

Host Gosford Blues Festival. Iguanas Gosford 2008 

Officially opened Groove in the Art Exhibition Super Art Project. 2009

Officially opened Mandalay Art House Super Art  Project.2009

2010 Australia Day Ambassador for Wyong.

2011 Australia Day Ambassador Grafton Shire.

2011 Western Sydney Law Society Meeting for NSW Attorney General. 

2012  Australia Day Ambassador Tamworth Shire Bendemeer.

2012 Opened Exhibition Gosford

2013 Host of The Rocky Horror Show Avoca Beach Picture Theatre 

2013 Australia Ambassador to Leeton Shire

2014 China Australia Business Commission Lunch Beijing

2014 Expat Gallery Owners Convention Beijing.

2014 ABC Northwest Featured Interview, Morning Show.

2015 Cossack Art Prize WA

2016 ABC 1233 Newcastle My Sydney Solo Exhibition.

2017 Australia Day Ambassador to Coonamble NSW

2018 Australia Day Ambassador to Wagga Wagga NSW

2019 Australia Day Ambassador to Bingara NSW

2020 Australia Day Ambassador to Gundagai




Selected Finalist Art for Gosford Art Prize. 3 years running.

President of the Friends Gosford Regional Gallery.

Chairman of the Board C4 Creative Collective.

2004 to 2013. Arts reporter for ABC Local Radio 92.5

Founder of the ZOOID art movement.

Advisory committee member Gosford Regional Gallery.

Cultural plan advisory committee member Wyong Council

Curator of Art, Coast Fest 2005 (Gosford Council)

Proprietor of ARTWHOLE Exhibitions and Installations. 

Curator Steve Irwin Day Celebrity Portrait Auction Australia Zoo QLD 2008

Art Advisor to the Federal Arts Minister Peter Garrett 2009 onwards.

Australia Day Award for Services to Arts and Culture Wyong Shire

Australia Day Ambassador 2010 and currently annually.

Advisory and design team committee member for the Art House Wyong Council

Artist in Residence Red Gate Gallery Beijing, China 2014

Judge RAS Perth Show Art Exhibition 2015

Design team Artist for the Red Earth Arts and Culture Precinct Karratha.

Artist in Residence Ardlethan NSW




                        I find inspiration to paint mostly in our urban cityscapes. I love the dynamics of light. People have commented on the stillness my work purveys. I particularly like the works of Jeffrey Smart, Edward Hopper, Brett Whiteley and PICASSO. I am passionate about my art and the older I get the more the desire to create overtakes anything else that is going on in my life at the time. Since moving to the Riverina in 2018 I am finding the undulating landscapes are invading my creative sensibilities.


I find when I am curating exhibitions, that each work must complement every other work of art being presented in an exhibition. A Good exhibition to me is like listening to gorgeous classical music, it’s like music to my eyes.


2010 - present

2010 - present

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