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



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.


Solo Exhibitions

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


Guest Judge

2011 Willoughby Girls High School Annual Art Exhibition

2009 Sydney Girls High School Annual Art Exhibition

2005 Rydal Show Art Prize, Spring


Art Advisor

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