New Epoch Notation Painting uses a written score to separate the act of image composition from the process of making a painting. The score acts as the subject and not only contains instructions on what to paint, it enables the composer to add meaning to the chronological progress of the paintings. The score coordinates the act of painting, but allows performers to contribute their own mannerisms, so no two performances can ever be the same. Until now, most visual art was a solo affair, now visual symphonies are conceivable. The notation system used in the score is the world’s first high level conceptual language for pure visual imagery. It takes half an hour to learn and a life time to master.

Being painted today is “Parade”, a New Epoch Notation trio performed by “Extended Vision” in support of marriage equality for the LGBTQ community. The simple themes derived from gender symbols move through a succession of transitions before their final embellishment with the colours of the rainbow flag.

Development of the score

Female Theme – Stencil art work
Male Theme
Male Theme – Stencil work 60 x 50 cm

“Parade” First complete performance November 2017

Performance of “Parade” at the “Not Fair Art Fair” 11-11-2017


Reunion 2009


opening 1
Performance at the Charles Smith gallery September 2009



‘New Epoch Art’ is a composed art form using a language for painting. Sets of paintings are written as scores using a unique visual notation system – New Epoch Art (NEA) language. Other artists can then interpret and perform the score either by themselves or in a collaborative fashion… and create new works.

The NEA language, like musical notation, can be read but must be interpreted in order for the artwork to come alive.

The symbols and lines are simple and repeated – embodying what the composer feels is essential to a subject – but the visual rhythms of this Thematic Orchestration never repeat themselves exactly. Each rendering of the score is also different, just as no two performances of a concerto will ever be the same.

The idea of performance, of a universal painting language, the theory of music and the importance of interpretation are themes of this exhibit, but the subject matter varies from Nursery Rhymes to bushfires. Each of the artists has focused on what has been closest in their own lives over the past few years.

The gallery walls will show solo works by each member of Extended Vision, Baden Johnson, Euan Graham and Philip Graham as well as collaborative works: scores written in a tag team fashion and displayed to emphasise the interpretive nature of the language.

If you are 5 or 85, you can participate in New Epoch Art performances. At the opening night, a demonstration of notation painting will be given and the audience is invited to participate.




My paintings from this exhibition were largely derived from childhood fables, songs and bedtime stories, as my main topic had been “fatherhood Feelings” since starting a family in 2005. My preoccupation with children’s toys and the rhythm of play had seen a large collection of paintings and drawings accumulate, and it was quite natural for this to then lead into a notated form. Scores were written for many of these works though some are missing on account of successive relocations.

“Drum Major” and “Sleeping Beauty” Acrylic on canvas 45 x 45 cm

Going To Banbury
“Going To Banbury” Acrylic on canvas 120 x 150 cm (private collection Queensland)

“Hickety Pickety” and “Hey Diddle Diddle” both Acrylic on canvas


“Silver Bells and Cockle Shells” 2009 Acrylic on canvas

All The Kings Horses

“All the Kings Horses” Mixed media on paper 2009


“Round and Round The Garden” 2009 Acrylic on Canvas


Fire Line, 2009

Baden Johnson “Fire Line” 2009 Acrylic on canvas

Rejuvination, 2009

Baden Johnson “Rejuvenation” 2009 Acrylic on canvas

Dandenong Leader May 3 2010


Exhibition and Performance at Gas Works Arts Park 2010


Philip Mitchell Graham painting at Gas Works Art Park in 2010
Baden Johnson’s exhibits at Gasworks Arts park 2010
Double Helix 1 copy
“Double Helix” Euan B Graham Acrylic on canvas 2010 40 x 80 cm

“Pitta Patta Raindrops” 2010 Duet composition by Euan B Graham 2010

dream blue horse small
“Dream Blue Horse” 2010 Acrylic on canvas 80 x 110 cm (Private collection Queensland)
Baden with one of his canvases for the Gasworks show.
Composed works with their score by Baden Johnson 2010 Gasworks Melbourne

“Across The Universe” score by Baden Johnson performed at Gasworks Arts Park as part of the Melbourne Fringe Festival 2010.

“Across The Universe” Baden Johnson 2010 Acrylic on canvas 60 x 45 cm

Extended Vision City Square Performances December 1990

Set Day 114

Melbourne City Square, public performance (23 December 1990)

“Prelude to Westernport” (Performance No. 5) composed by Philip Graham.

Performed by: Euan Graham, Juan Sanz and Philip Graham

Duration: 6 Hours.

Acrylic on Canvas (105 x 129 cm).

The very persistent wind shook the canvases like jelly making the fine calligraphic required in the performance of this composition almost impossible. We felt that the paintings were disappointing, and that we missed an opportunity to put our best foot forward. We received a check for $800 for our efforts which was far from disappointing however.

Music: “Mystery” by Euan B Graham recorded 1992


Set Day 113

Melbourne City Square, public performance (22 December 1990)

“The Medicean Stars” (Performance No. 3) composed by Juan Sanz.

Performed by: Euan Graham, Juan Sanz and Philip Graham

Duration: 6 hours

Music: “Out Sounds” by Euan B Graham recorded 1992