Paul Johns was born in 1951 in Ōtautahi, where he continues to live and work. He is a graduate of the University of Canterbury’s School of Fine Arts. His first solo exhibition was held at the Canterbury Society of Arts in 1976. From early on, his practice has addressed questions of intimacy and belonging, and shown a strong interest in sexuality and gender. He draws on aspects of conceptual and pop art, working with diverse media, including found objects, neon, painting, and photography.