When We Ruled the World at Linton & Kay Galleries

In a powerful statement of intent, Johnny Romeo’s latest offering – When We Ruled the World – offers a series of paintings that capture the exhilaration and youthful thrill of being on top of the world.

A collection of 21 new and original paintings sees Johnny Romeo celebrate the over-the-top criminal mastery of villains such as Two-Face and the Joker, the heroism of Superman and the legacies of artistic martyrs such as Frida Kahlo.

Johnny’s philosophy of using colour as a vital, living force to maximum impact results in robust, full-bodied neons explode across paintings while pastel hues temper the blaze with an irrepressible sense of fun and a pulsing Pop edge.

Aspiring to capture the notion that everyone has their 15 minutes of fame, the series is tinged with a teenage nostalgia that harkens back to a simpler time where imaginations ran free and there was a belief that we could achieve the impossible.

Ever the Postmodern sampler, Johnny Romeo’s eclectic array of superheroes, arch villains and celebrities finds inspiration from many of his own childhood icons to represent the best of the best in Pop culture.

Innovative and witty word assemblages act as visual manifestos, breathing new life into old royals while evoking the rhythmic punchiness of classic pop songs.

An incendiary quality to the colours used throughout the series speaks of a dogged refusal to be constrained by society’s rules, of crashing through the establishment with all guns blazing.


Showing at Linton & Kay Galleries until April 4.

Johnny Romeo