Voyages Botanical

National Exhibition Register

  • Chorizema illicifolia
    Christine Johnson Chorizema illicifolia, 2015
    Solar-plate engraving
    56 x 47 cm
    Image Credit
    Christine Johnson, Chorizema illicifolia, solar-plate engraving

About the exhibition

Christine Johnson - Voyages Botanical Voyages Botanical, is a series of drawings and solar-plate engravings inspired by the artist's Creative Fellowship at the State Library of Victoria. Voyages Botanical has so far been exhibited at the Alliance Française in Melbourne and at Montsalvat in Eltham. The exhibition’s themes of botanical exploration, Australian history, gardening and botanical art have already attracted a wide and varied audience in Melbourne.

In brief, the exhibition comprises: 30 framed prints (edition of 12 ), a box-set of the prints, a selection of additional works, framed drawings and paintings. The exhibition is accompanied by a fully illustrated 56 page catalogue and a set of 10 gift cards.

The artist is available for talks and interviews and is currently working on a documentary about the project with film-maker Marianne Latham. There is also a radio program, Tiny Blooms for Radio National’s Hindsight program with producer Gretchen Miller. A Voyages Botanical kit for schools is in development – a multi-disciplinary learning program focusing on the French language with the help of the Alliance Française and the State Library of Victoria. A selection of artist prints and original sources is currently on display at the State Library’s Mirror of the World exhibition. The library has recently acquired a full set of artist prints.

Voyages Botanical is artist Christine Johnson’s tribute to the untamed treasures of Australia’s vast native flower garden. It is indeed a voyage: through rare and wonderful landscapes, but also through our botanical heritage and history.

Voyages Botanical was inspired by Johnson’s time as a Creative Fellow at the State Library of Victoria. Her research, which drew on the library’s collection of rare books of botanical illustration, took her back to the pioneering work of early botanical artists including Sydney Parkinson, Pierre-Joseph Redouté and Ferdinand Bauer. This was the beginning of Johnson’s own creative journey that at once honours our past, present and future. Johnson’s aim is simple: to tell the story of these early years of the exploration of Australia - but embellishing it by blending art with science, cartography and facsimiles of writings from the explorers’ journals, including the flowers they picked along the way. Utilising original botanical illustrations, Johnson creates delicate and beautifully-realised solar plate engravings of wildflowers - powerful symbols of the vulnerability and fragility of Australia’s natural environment and heritage.

Since early 2013, Johnson has been artist-in-residence at Baldessin Press, St Andrews, printing the Voyages Botanical series. The full series of prints will be three series of 10 (30 images) and presented as limited edition box-sets, edition of 12. Christine Johnson lives and works in Melbourne as a full-time practicing artist and has had over 20 solo exhibitions throughout Australia including Australian Galleries in Melbourne, Tim Olsen Gallery in Sydney, Greenhill Galleries in Perth and BMG in Adelaide. She studied Fine Art at Monash University and post graduate studies at RMIT, and has completed several public art projects in Melbourne. She is represented in many Australian public and private collections.

Artists and Curator

Christine Johnson in affiliation with The State Library of Victoria

Christine Johnson

Available Dates and
Exhibition Details

Available dates
30/04/2015 - 31/12/2018
Exhibition size
Under 50 sq or running metres
Originating state
Organised by
$2,500 (exc. freight) - Contact to discuss
Web Site
Accompanying materials available
Catalogue/Book, Digital Catalogue
Other materials
labels talks gift cards
Primary contact
Christine Johnson
0409 454 054
Sponsored by the State Library of Victoria and Baldessin Press