Associate Professor
Faculty of Art, Graduate Studies
416-977-6000, Ext. 1744

Area(s) of Expertise

Contemporary Art, painting, Adobe Photoshop/AE


Rae Johnson began teaching drawing and painting at OCAD in 1988. She has also taught as a sessional instructor at Guelph University; Arts' Sake and the Toronto School of Art. She has lectured about her work across Canada in universities and art centres including: The Banff Centre for the Arts, Alberta; Plug In, Winnipeg; Bishop's University, Sherbrooke, Quebec; Concordia University, Montreal; Hart House, University of Toronto; Mount Allison University, Sackville, NB.; York University. In the early 1980s, Rae formed the collective ChromaZone with fellow artists Oliver Girling, Andy Fabo, Brian Burnett, Sybil Goldstein, Tony Wilson, HP Marti and later, Tim Jocelyn.ChromaZone spearheaded the figurative painting movement of the 1980s. ChromaZone curated and produced hundreds of exhibitions from 1981 to 1986 including: OKromazone, West Berlin, 1983; Fire and Ice, Zurich Switzerland, 1986; and Chromaliving, Toronto, 1983. Eye's Necrophile Columnist Donna Lypchuk has written: "Rae Johnson, a founding member of the 1980s collective of Toronto painters called ChromaZone, is known for her vibrant landscape paintings of Flesherton, Ontario (where she lives), as well as for her brutally honest and sometimes controversial excavations into the interior landscape of the female psyche.

Selected Exhibitions

2000 Art Gallery of Peterborough, Peterborough 1999 Dream Girl, Paul Petro Contemporary Art, Toronto 1998 Rae Johnson Observation: Lake Winnipeg & Flesherton Pond, Lonsdale Gallery, Toronto 1997 Winter Paintings 1996, Paul Petro Contemporary Art, Toronto 1996 Momentary Resolution, The Woodstock Art Gallery, Woodstock 1995 Bambino Miracolo, Paul Petro Contemporary Art, Toronto 1995 Immediate Environment, The Justina M. Barnicke Gallery, Hart House, University of Toronto 1994 Rae Johnson, Paul Petro Contemporary Art, Scotiabank Tower, Toronto 1993 Bambino Miracolo, The Canadian Cultural Centre, Roma, Italia

Awards \ Grants

1997 OAC Materials Assistance Grant 1995 OAC Materials Assistance Grant 1995 OAC Senior Visual Arts Grant 1995 Canada Council Short Term Grant 1994 Canada Council Art Bank 1991 Canada Council Visual Arts Grant B 1989 Canada Council Short Term Grant 1989 OAC Senior Visual Arts Grant 1988 Canada Council Visual Arts Grant B 1986 Canada Council Visual Arts Grant B 1986 OAC Senior Visual Arts Grant

Selected Publications

1996 Divine, catalogue essay for exhibition at Propeller Gallery, Toronto 1983 "The Hospital", Critical/Visual Art Magazine, No.1, Winter 83/84, pp. 32 - 34 Entries in reference works:1996 Confessions of a Curator : Adventures in Canadian Art, Dundurn Press, c. Joan Murray 1994 Tom Thomson : The Last Spring, Dundurn Press, c. Joan Murray 1989 Art, Sight and Language, Penumbra Press. 1986 Kanada: Ein Land In der Schwebe, Die Horen (Zeitschrift fur Literatur, Kunst und Kritik), Herausgegeben von Kurt Morawietz, Hanover 1984 Toronto Painting 1984, Art Gallery of Ontario, Toronto 1983 Contemporary Canadian Art, Edmonton : Hurtig Publishers Ltd 1983 Visions: Contemporary Art in Canada, Vancouver/Toronto : Douglas & McIntyre

Professional Affiliations / Boards / Juries

1999 Juror for best painting award Annual Toronto City Hall Outdoor Art Exhibition 1998 Senior Artist, Women and Paint, residency, Banff Centre for the Arts 1995 - present Presidents' Circle, University of Toronto 1995 - present Council of Canadians 1986 - 1987 Board Member, Canadian Artists Representation Ontario