Johnny Romeo

Johnny Romeo/ Johnny Romeo

Australia

Pop Art, Neo-expressionism

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Johnny Romeo
Johnny Romeo
Male
Australia
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January 24, 2016
Ok, I know it's so damn corny to quote somebody just to describe yourself, let alone Confucius, but this quote says all about my relationship with Widewalls, so forgive me for doing this: Choose a job you love, and you will never have to work a day in your life. Am I forgiven?

Johnny Romeo is an Australian artist, best known for his pop culture idolization and brand-name heroes done in a comic book aesthetics.

Romeo was born in Newtown, Sydney. He got his Bachelor Art Education at College of Fine Arts in Sydney and his Master Degree from the University of Western Sydney. Ever since Johnny could remember, or better said, ever since he was able to hold a pen – he started drawing. Romeo used to draw for hours as a kid, and he drew in detail everything he ever saw: object and places, people and toys…

Johnny Romeo and Andy Warhol

Johnny Romeo - Vinyl Silver and Poppy Rock, 2013
Johnny Romeo – Vinyl Silver and Poppy Rock, 2013

Today, Johnny is considered one of Australia’s most popular Pop artists, being sort of a leader of Neo-Expressionist Pop movement. His aesthetic collision of r’n’r, comic books, Grindhouse intensity and street art was described by GQ Magazine as part punk, part pop. By fusing together vibrant Technicolour imagery with urban grittiness, this artist manages to create a constructive critique of a modern world we live in today, driven by pervasive advertising and materialism, creating an immense excess of waste.

Romeo’s sharp humor explores our identities and the way it is created living in a cultural homogenization, with the constant failure of blind consumerism, media saturation and celebrity fetish. Johnny Romeo creates every artwork with a plan and a purpose: by making extensive sketches in his journals, he gets to use everything he ever found to be curious. As a very visual type, Johnny collects all sort of things he can work with later, using it as a part of his work or just as an inspiration: cuts from the magazines, photos he took, sketches he did on the run… That material represents his thoughts and it eventually becomes his painting!

Romeo’s super heroes

Johnny Romeo - Clash Lash and Buffalo Radio, 2015
Johnny Romeo – Clash Lash and Buffalo Radio, 2015

Romeo worked on a collaborative project with American punk band Blink-182, one of the biggest names in rock music today. His work is included in in numerous public and private national and international collections as well as publications like the Sydney Morning Herald, GQ Style Australia, Vogue, Grazia or Australian Art Review.

This artist is represented by 19 Karen Contemporary Artspace.

Johnny Romeo lives and works in Newtown, Sydney.

All images copyright © the artist

YearExhibition TitleGallery/MuseumSolo/Group
2015New (Town) RomanticsPenny Contemporary, Hobart, Tasmania AUSTRALIAGroup
2015Urban Art Parked!Wilson Parking Car Park, North Sydney, NSW AUSTRALIAGroup
2015PAIN/TING An International Group Show about painOpen Walls Gallery, Berlin GERMANYGroup
2015RED Expressionism Group Show19 Karen, Gold Coast Queensland AUSTRALIAGroup
2015The AustraliansPearce Gallery, Whitecliffe College of the Arts & design, Auckland NEW ZEALANDGroup
2015POP LIFE19 Karen, Gold Coast, Queensland AUSTRALIASolo
2015TV LandConverge Gallery, Williamsport, Pennsylvania USASolo
2015Angry BirdsPorter Contemporary, New York USASolo
2015Print Pop Up Show: POPtometryHoff Optometry and Eyewear, Venice, California USASolo
2015Top Of The PopsNG Art Gallery, Sydney, AUSTRALIASolo
2015Open StudioLinton & Kaye Galleries, Perth, Western Australia AUSTRALIASolo
2015Sonic YouthPrize of Venice, Venice, California, USASolo
2014Wasted Years12 Gallery, Auckland NEW ZEALANDSolo
2014ICONSCG Projects, Williamsport, Pennsylvania USASolo
2014Editions on Paper: Too West CoastPetra Gallery, Beverly Hills, California USASolo
2014Dirty BoulevardPenny Contemporary, Hobart, Tasmania AUSTRALIASolo
2014Pussy RiotMuk Muk Fine Art, Darwin, Northern Territory AUSTRALIASolo
2014Pussy RiotMuk Muk Fine Art, Alice Springs, Northern Territory AUSTRALIASolo
2014Language ArtCornell Museum, Delray Beach Center for the Arts, Delray Beach, Florida USAGroup
2014Affordable Art Fair with Panter & Hall BatterseaLondon UNITED KINGDOMGroup
2014A Tribute to Michael Jackson’s 10 Best film Clips19 Karen, Gold Coast, Queensland AUSTRALIAGroup
2014A Portrait Apart DeuxPorter Contemporary, New York USAGroup
2013Fountain Art FairChicago, Converge Gallery, Pennsylvania USAGroup
2013Below The SurfaceConverge Gallery, Pennsylvania USAGroup
2013The FigureBuratti Fine Art, Perth, Western Australia AUSTRALIAGroup
2013The Art of Cirque du SoleilGroup Show, 19 Karen, Gold Coast, Queensland AUSTRALIAGroup
2013UprisingConverge Gallery, Pennsylvania USAGroup
2013Urban Pop IIJeanie Madsen Gallery, Santa Monica, California USAGroup
2013POPism: The Andy Warhol Show19 Karen, Gold Coast, Queensland AUSTRALIASolo
2013Editions on Paper: Forever YoungJeanie Madsen Gallery, Santa Monica, California USASolo
2013DeadwoodNG Art Gallery, Sydney NSW AUSTRALIASolo
2013GrindhousePorter Contemporary, New York USASolo
2012Blood SportBuratti Fine Art, Perth, Western Australia AUSTRALIASolo
2012When Doves CryLetham Gallery, Auckland NEW ZEALANDSolo
2012Cop KillerMuk Muk Fine Art & Sprout Creative, Darwin, Northern Territory AUSTRALIASolo
2012Cop KillerMuk Muk Fine Art, Alice Springs, Northern Territory AUSTRALIASolo
2012Gold Coast Art PrizeThe Arts Centre, Gold Coast, Queensland AUSTRALIAGroup
2012Homage to Hollywood19 Karen, Gold Coast, Queensland AUSTRALIAGroup
2012A Rolling StonePorter Contemporary, New York USAGroup
2012The Art Of Spain19 Karen, Gold Coast, Queensland AUSTRALIAGroup
2011There and Back AgainPorter Contemporary, New York USAGroup
2011Aqua Art FairArt Basel, Miami 2011, Porter Contemporary, New York USAGroup
2011Blow InMuseum & Crane, Los Angeles, California USAGroup
2011Super Iam8bitIam8bit Gallery, Los Angeles, California USAGroup
2011Urban PopJeanie Madsen Gallery, Santa Monica, California USAGroup
2011Homage To Frida19 Karen, Gold Coast, Queensland AUSTRALIAGroup
2011StockumentaryLetham Gallery, Auckland NEW ZEALANDGroup
2011Romeo Must Die: The Super Villain SeriesNG Art Gallery, Sydney AUSTRALIASolo
2011Sin CityBuratti Fine Art, Perth AUSTRALIASolo
2011Special Release: Ned Kelly Hero Series19 Karen, Gold Coast, Queensland AUSTRALIASolo
2010Spiderbait19 Karen, Gold Coast, Queensland AUSTRALIASolo
2010Electric BirdLetham Gallery, Auckland NEW ZEALANDSolo
2010Johnny Romeo Vs David SpencerUnited Galleries, Perth, Western Australia AUSTRALIASolo
2010You’ll Never Take Me Alive!The Ned Kelly Hero Series, NG Art Gallery, Sydney NSW AUSTRALIASolo
2010The Sydney Fringe FestivalSydney, NSW AUSTRALIAGroup
2010Mood Swings19 Karen, Gold Coast, Queensland AUSTRALIAGroup
2009PlatesLetham Gallery, Auckland NEW ZEALANDGroup
2009Petits TravauxRetrospect Galleries, Byron Bay NSW AUSTRALIAGroup
2009TroopGilligan Grant Gallery, Melbourne, Victoria AUSTRALIAGroup
2009Art Sydney 09Royal Hall of Industries, Moore Park, Sydney, NSW AUSTRALIAGroup
2009Each To Their OwnThe Freshly Baked Gallery, Melbourne, Victoria AUSTRALIAGroup
2009Revolution Of ArtRetrospect Galleries, Byron Bay NSW AUSTRALIAGroup
2009Williamstown Festival Contemporary Art PrizePort Melbourne, Victoria AUSTRALIAGroup
2009Every Dog Has Its DayLetham Gallery, Auckland NEW ZEALANDGroup
2009Candyland19 Karen, Gold Coast, Queensland AUSTRALIASolo
2009Crisis On Infinite EarthsLetham Gallery, Auckland NEW ZEALANDSolo
2009Flight ClubGilligan Grant Gallery, Melbourne AUSTRALIASolo
2008Dove Kidney ZooNG Art Gallery in association with Maurice Byer Chambers, MLC Centre, Sydney NSW AUSTRALIASolo
2008Galaxy CattleNG Art Gallery, Sydney NSW AUSTRALIASolo
2008Art Sydney 08Royal Hall of Industries, Moore Park, Sydney NSW AUSTRALIAGroup
2008Food For ThoughtNG Art Gallery, Sydney NSW AUSTRALIAGroup
2008Royalty Tooth Coins, 2042: Art on the StreetSydney NSW AUSTRALIAGroup
2008Come See The AnimalsGilligan Grant Gallery, Melbourne, Victoria AUSTRALIAGroup
2008Sordid Tales: A History of ChippendaleNG Art Gallery, Sydney, NSW AUSTRALIAGroup
2007Fragile PlanetNG Art Gallery, Sydney, NSW AUSTRALIAGroup
2007The Weekend Australian Art Sydney 07Royal Hall of Industries, Moore Park, Sydney, NSW AUSTRALIAGroup
2007Let Them RoamHarrison Galleries, Sydney, NSW AUSTRALIAGroup
2007Brain on a MachineChina Heights, Surry Hills, NSW AUSTRALIASolo
2007ConverseRegard Gallery, Darlington, NSW AUSTALIASolo
2007Live at the ApolloNewview Gallery, Newtown, NSW AUSTRALIASolo