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I was born in the USA , Following graduation from The Ohio State University I moved to Australia with my wife Nancy. I have enjoyed many adventures in life from teaching art and science, owning and running a busy restaurant to the calm but stimulating tasks of our gallery Wilson's at Robe.



All of these ventures have nourished me as an artist. I work and create in the beautiful seaside village of Robe on the Limestone Coast of South Australia. The environment here stimulates me. It is free and ever changing. I like to think of my own work in this way.

I enjoy telling tales of my past and present experiences through my work. However, I do not so much paint what I see but rather what I feel which to my good fortune tends to be humor and the frivolity of life. The foundation of my work is color and I constantly study and experiment with its use and effect upon the viewers of my work. What I seek to provide in my work is a feeling of well being, of joy and the zest for living. To be able to capture these feelings is a wonderful job to have. The year 2016 has been an exciting year working with the Port Douglas Carnivale team and heading up the Port Douglas Artists Inc. exhibition at the  amazing TANKS gallery in Cairns.




  • 1996 Two Friends Wilson's At Robe, Robe, South Australia
  • 1997 South East Diversity   Lombard Art Gallery, Adelaide, South Australia
  • 1998 The Good Earth Greenhill Galleries, Adelaide, South Australia
  • 1998 Banksias and Bantams Local Images, Penola, South Australia
  • 1999 Robe Village Fair Acquisitive Art Prize Grey Masts Gallery, Robe, South Australia (Winner Best Regional Artist)
  • 2000 Robe Village Fair Acquisitive Art Prize Grey Masts Gallery, Robe South Australia (Winner Best Regional Artist)
  • 2000 Daylesford Dreaming Convent Gallery, Daylesford, Victoria
  • 2001 John Shaw Neilson Acquisitive Art Exhibition Penola, South Australia (Highly Commended)
  • 2001 Robe Village Fair Acquisitive Art Prize (Winner Best Regional Artist)
  • 2002 Limestone Coast Layers of the Land New Land Gallery Port Adelaide, South Australia selected artist for touring exhibition
  • 2002 Robe Village Fair Acquisitive Art Prize    Overall Winner
  • 2003 Fowl Day at the Beach, Wilson's at Robe (Partnered exhibition with Kristina Browning)
  • 2004 High Times at Highbank ,  Highbank  Winery, Coonawarra SA
  • 2004 Artist in Residence Port Douglas Gallery of Fine Arts ,QLD
  • 2004 Guest lecture/artist Union Banks art Centre Clunes Victoria
  • 2005 Tristelion Solo exhibition  Saltmarsh Gallery  Warrnambool, Victoria
  • 2006 Ladbroke Grove Wines, Coonawarra South Australia
  • 2006 Viticultural Art Prize Chardonnay Lodge,Penola, SA
  • 2007 Viticultural Art Prize Chardonnay Lodge,Penola, SA
  • 2007 Sea and Vines Festival
  • 2007 Resident artist Claire Souter Gallery, Kuranda Queensland
  • 2008 Selected Artist  Artistic Interpretations UNESCO, Kanawinka Geopark
  • 2008 Overall Winner John Shaw Neilson Acquisitive Art Exhibition Penola, SA
  • 2008 Go Troppo Festival artist in Residence   Port Douglas Queensland
  • 2009 Established Terry Johnson Studio Gallery Port Douglas Queensland
  • 2009 Invited Guest Presenter at the Australian Art Business Foundation Forum
  • 2010 Commissioned  for feature art works for Gallerie Restaurant , Robe SA
  • 2011 Robe Australian Citizen of the Year
  • 2016 Port Douglas Carnivale Artist
  • 2016 Gondwana's Garden Exhibition TANKS Gallery Cairns, Queensland


  • 1986 "South Australia The People" Department of the Premier and Cabinet
  • 1996 "Painting The Town Robe" Samela Harris The Advertiser
  • 1998/99/2000-2005  Robe Village Fair (Advertising Logo, poster design)
  • 1998/2000 /2001/2002 /2003/2004/2007 Australian Art and Images (Art Publishing) Cards
  • 2001 "Wilson's at Robe artist in residence Terry Johnson" Channel Nine TV Program "Postcards"
  • 2002/2003/2004 Watermark Publishing-Limited edition giclees prints
  • 2006  Coastal Living, Peter Murray (Murray Books Australia)  P 90-97
  • 2009 SA Life "Artists Changing Landscape" November Issue 2009
  • 2012 Southern Lifestyle "Artists Profile Terry Johnson"
  • 2013 Almost An Island Robe Liz Harfull
  • 2016 Port Douglas Carnivale Poster Design
  • 2016 Australian Traveller "There's Something About Robe"Issue 064
  • 2016 Port Douglas Carnivale program








 October 2016 New Tea towels, coasters and placemats .





Limited Edition Prints

Prints (using the exciting new giclee printing method)
These superb quality prints have been produced by Watermark Publishing using the exciting new giclee printing method. Giclee, pronounced zhgee-clay, is a French term literally meaning sprayed ink. These editions are printed on fine art paper with beautiful rich permanent pigment inks utilizing very high resolution digital printing. The resulting images are fade resistant for at least 200 years and have a tonal quality and intensity of colour that is unique to this method.


New Release Giclee  Title: 5276


View more of Terry's Limited edition prints

Please note that some of these thumbnail images  may have been cropped, the full work is displayed in the above link


Beach Hut

Goin Troppo

A Passion for Pineapples

Three For Lunch


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