Chris Stevenson Australian, b. 1945
Chris Stevenson has lectured for several decades in Visual Arts at Sydney tertiary institutions, including Macquarie University.
For the last two decades she has worked in a co-operative art space in Sydney’s inner-west. During that time she has had eight solo shows and has been selected as a finalist in many group exhibitions in Sydney and surrounding areas. Her recent move to a small farm in the Megalong Valley has given her new inspiration, especially the Cox’s River and the landscape surrounding the farm.
Cezanne, the artist admired by so many abstract artists, observed: “art is not about imitation, it’s about finding equivalence.” Building a layered surface in oils or acrylics, that simultaneously conceals and reveals the energy of a powerful river landscape, is integral to Stevenson’s process.
Stevenson’s fascination with the river probably began in childhood where she frequently explored the Georges River in southern Sydney. The Cox’s river, west of the ranges, is always subject to drought, fire and flood. The presence of trees, rocks and bush influence the ever-changing character of the river and its shifting moods. Stevenson’s paintings always have an emotional intensity, linking past with present and investigating the dynamics of presence and absence.
Chris Stevenson is represented by Brenda Colahan Fine Art, Sydney
Drawn to the Dam 2, 2022
Drawn to the Dam 3, 2022 Sold
Drawn to the Land, 2022
Ghostly Presence, 2022
Artist in Residence: Poros, Greece, 8th July – 8th August 2015.
Artist in Residence: Melbourne R.E.A.I.E. Biennial Conference, Landscapes of Imagination, 2nd – 5th July 2015.
Drawing residency: Draw International, Caylus, France: A research centre for artists and art educators, 1-10th June, 2006.
Documenter-in-Residence: Kent House, MLC School, Burwood, Sydney. (Part-time, 2002-2008)
Artist-in-Residence: Kent Road Public School, Sydney, August- October, 2002
Artist-in-Residence: Australian Early Childhood Association Conference, University of NSW, 17th-21st July, 2001.
Of Cows and Country, Gang Gang Gallery, Lithgow, 11th May - 11th June 2018
Homecoming: Macquarie University Art Gallery, Sydney, Dec 2015 - Feb 2016
Ruminations, OnePlus2 Artist Studios Rozelle, 29th November - 14th December 2014
At Rivers Edge, Willoughby Incinerator Art Space, 18th April - 6thMay, 2012
Narratives of Bush and Lake, Eden Gardens, North Shore, Sydney, 5th April - 5th May 2010
Undercurrents, Washhouse Gallery, Rozelle, 12th May - 31st May 2009
Whispering Country, Washhouse Gallery, Rozelle, April 26th - May15th, 2005
Not Even Past, Washhouse Gallery, Rozelle, March 15th - April 4th, 2004
Selected Group Exhibitions
Blue & Beyond: Blackheath Art Studio, 5th-6th December 2020
Blackheath Art Prize: Blackheath Art Studio, Highly Commended, 10th - 12th October 2020
Beauty of the Beast: Gang Gang Gallery, Lithgow, 21st August - 21st September 2020
Glebe Art Show: Works on Paper Prize, November-December 2019
Blacktown Art Prize, Leo Kelly Cultural Centre, Blacktown, Finalist, December 2017 - January 2018
Gosford Art Prize: Gosford Regional Gallery, Finalist, October/November 2017
Space Gallery: Inaugural Exhibition, Hunter St, Sydney, May 2016
Frost over Barraba: Selected for curated section of the Art Festival, 21st June - 30th June 2015
Women: Beneath the Surface: Art Shine Gallery, Chippendale, Sydney, 9thJune - 30th June 2015
Aurora Borealis: Poetry launch at One + 2 Artist Studios, Rozelle, selected paintings 29th May 2015
Hunters Hill Art Prize: Finalist 2017 2015, 2004, 2003
North Sydney Art Prize: Finalist March - April 2012
Quatre Temps: In tune with the natural world, Depot Gallery, Danks St, Waterloo, Sydney, June 2008
Fifty by Fifty: 1+2 Artist Studios, Rozelle, Sydney, November 2007, 2006, 2005
Melbourne Art Fair, March 2006, represented by Gallery hm, Alexandria
Sydney Art Fair: June 2006, represented by Gallery hm, Alexandria
Summer Exhibition: Washhouse Gallery, Rozelle, Sydney, 13th December 2005 - 23rd January 2006
Something Personal: Charles Hewitt Gallery, Darlinghurst, Sydney, January 2005
Small Wonders: Delmar Gallery, Trinity College, Summer Hill, Sydney November 2005
Film and TV Credits
Between Two Worlds: Season 1, BTW Productions Ltd Sydney 2019
Black B*tch: Blackfellar Productions P/L Sydney 2019
Secret City: Season 2, Matchbox Productions Sydney 2019
The Secret Daughter: Channel 7 Screentime Productions Sydney 2016
2011 Willoughby Girls High School Annual Art Exhibition
2009 Sydney Girls High School Annual Art Exhibition
2005 Rydal Show Art Prize, Spring
Fairbridge Childrens Park Committee, Molong 2018 - 2021
Private collections: in Australia, China, U.S.A., Germany, Holland, Ireland, and the United Kingdom.
2019 Works on Paper Prize, Glebe Art Show, Glebe
2020 Highly Commended: Blackheath Art Prize, Blackheath Art Studio
2017 Finalist: Blacktown Art Prize, Leo Kelly Cultural Centre, Blacktown
2017 Finalist: Gosford Art Prize, Gosford Regional Gallery, Gosford
2017, 2015, 2004, 2003 Finalist, Hunters Hill Art Prize, Hunters Hill
2012 Finalist North Sydney Art Prize, North Sydney
Drawn to the LandChris Stevenson 13 - 27 Oct 2022Artist Statement: October, 2022 In Drawn to the Land viewers reconnect with a landscape that recalls others they may have experienced before. For me, connections to the Australian countryside began at an early age. The sounds, smells and sense of space were so different to city life. My present studio,...