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About Fishing for Landscape.

As a fourth-generation descendent of an Australian pioneer and opaler, Karen Stephens reflects on and investigates the similarities between the life of the painter and the opaler in her newest collection of works. As a continued exploration into perception, horizon and Australian landscape painting, the outcomes of Karen’s works are realised through contemporary painting and collaged methods to manufacture surfaces that mirror repetition, failure, hope and sudden fortune. 

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About the Artist.

Karen Stephens is an Australian artist practicing in the field of contemporary painting. Working predominately in the field of landscape painting, her immersion in the environment informs a sustained investigation of the outback landscape by reinventing familiar place. Karen engages compositions, spatial construction and colour, disrupting the typical wide open, horizon, sky, land perspective of landscape to concentrate on how the relationship with place can resonate within the artist to form unique translations with painting. 

Reimagining the landscape both acknowledges the Western Canon and also presents a personal, contemporary visual language of experiencing place. Karen works through a naïve and expressionistic lens highlighting the beauty in the ordinary and every day through patterns, textures and form. At times, Karen focuses less on the object and more on the sensed experience of landscape by taking an object from reality and refining it into abstraction or through a naive lens, to produce an improvised felt experience.

Karen’s recent self-portraitures in landscape pay homage to the nationally significant paintings of the late Sir Sid Nolan. The continuing Bushranger paintings, which she conceives as contemporary self-portraits, disrupt associations of the gaze, and uniquely re-situate the legend of Bushranger from a female perspective.

 

Exhibition Events.

Due to the popularity of previous openings and the current government restrictions surrounding COVID-19, we are hosting two seperate opening sessions for Fishing for Landscape to ensure there is ample capacity. Numbers will be strictly limited, meaning RSVP is essential via the below links. Alternatively feel free to call or email us direct to organise a private viewing. 

  • Fishing for Landscape Exhibition Opening 2
    RSVP Closed
    Sat, 17 Oct
    GALA Gallery
    17 Oct 2020, 5:30 pm – 7:30 pm
    GALA Gallery, Level 1/35-37 Macaree St, Berserker QLD 4701, Australia
    We welcome you to join us at our new show opening on 17th October, ‘Fishing for Landscape’ by Karen Stephens (Winton, QLD).
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  • Fishing for Landscape Exhibition Opening 1
    RSVP Closed
    Sat, 17 Oct
    GALA Gallery
    17 Oct 2020, 3:00 pm – 5:00 pm
    GALA Gallery, Level 1/35-37 Macaree St, Berserker QLD 4701, Australia
    We welcome you to join us at our new show opening on 17th October, ‘Fishing for Landscape’ by Karen Stephens (Winton, QLD).
    Share

Previously Exhibited Works