Artists

stella clarke

 

Stella Clarke (BA Hons First Class, MA, PhD) was born in 1964 in East Anglia, UK. She graduated from the University of Warwick with degrees in English and Italian in 1987. She spent a year studying at the University of Florence, where she attended classes at the Cecil Graves School of Art. She travelled extensively in Europe, visiting galleries and studying art history. Stella taught arts subjects at universities in the UK, before emigrating to Australia in 1998 with her husband. In Australia, Stella continued to teach, and for fifteen years was a national critic, reviewing contemporary Australian literature. Her experience both as a writer and literary judge has given Stella profound insights into Australian culture and landscape, which are very valuable to her in the creation of her artwork. Throughout her life, drawing and painting have been constant occupations.

For the last decade Stella has focused upon painting. She has exhibited in venues in Melbourne, Sydney, and regional Victoria, including Geelong and Daylesford. Her artwork has been featured on ABC TV and Channel 9. Stella is very happy that there is a growing group of art-lovers and collectors who enjoy and follow her work with interest. Stella has been with Metropolis Gallery for several years, where her coastal landscapes are regularly exhibited.

A love of the natural environment and a commitment to landscape painting are central to Stella’s work. She spends time in inspiring locations, both local to her studio, and further afield, on the coasts of Victoria and Tasmania. Stella documents what she sees, immerses herself in the landscapes that she loves, commits key aspects of them to memory and takes photographic notes which she later uses as a reference for her paintings. Stella works mainly in oils, on canvases covering a range of sizes (up to two metres). In her largest works in particular, Stella strives to recreate the immersive experience of being in the landscape that is at the heart of her painting.


EXHIBITIONS

2019 'On the Bass Strait: New Coastal Works', solo feature exhibition at Metropolis Gallery, Geelong
2018 'Fields of Gold' selected landscape works, The Convent Gallery, Daylesford.
2018 'New Coastal Works I', solo feature exhibition at Metropolis Gallery, Geelong
2017 Flanagan Art Prize
2017 Metropolis Gallery, Summer Salon
2017 Metropolis Gallery, Stock Room Show
2017 Camberwell Art Show
2017 Albert Park College Art Prize
2016 Metropolis Gallery, Christmas Show
2016 'Island Moodscapes', series exhibition at Gallery on Sturt, Ballarat
2016 'The Rail Trail Works', series exhibition at Gallery on Sturt, Ballarat
2016 'The Art of Nostalgia' featured collection at The Convent Gallery, Daylesford
2016 'Ocean Story' solo feature exhibition at Qdos Arts Gallery, Lorne
2015 Albert Park College Art Exhibition, Melbourne
2015 The Flanagan Art Prize
2015 Camberwell Art Show, Melbourne
2015 Puhoi Art Exhibition, New Zealand
2015 'Summers in the South' solo feature exhibition at Qdos Gallery, Lorne
2014 'Domain of Memory' solo feature exhibition at Qdos Gallery, Lorne
2013 ‘To See the Summer Sky is Poetry’ solo feature exhibition at Suburban312 Gallery, Melbourne
2013 'Ocean Light’ at South Yarra Art House, Melbourne
2012 ‘30th Professional Artist’s Exhibition’ Caulfield Grammar, Melbourne
2012 ‘Grand Opening Pop-Up Exhibition’, The Equilibrium Art Centre, East Brunswick, Melbourne
2012 ‘Canterbury Art Exhibition’, Melbourne
2012 ‘Vintage Funfair by the Sea’ solo feature exhibition at Suburban312 Gallery, Melbourne
2012 ‘Vintage Funfair: Small Works’, solo exhibition at APTE, Alphington, Melbourne
2011-12 ‘Annual Christmas Show’, Manyung Gallery, Mornington Peninsula
2011 Art Melbourne
2011 Opening, The Breslin Gallery and Arts Hub, Fitzroy, Melbourne
2011 ‘Subjectivity’, Gallery 577 Brunswick St., Fitzroy, Melbourne
2011 ‘Bayside Reflections’ solo/feature exhibition at Suburban312 Gallery, Melbourne
2010 ‘Shorelight’ solo feature exhibition at Suburban312 Gallery, Melbourne
2010 ‘Bay Dreaming’ solo feature exhibition at Suburban312 Gallery, Melbourne
2010 Art Sydney
2010 Bank of Queensland Emerging Artist Award Pink Lady Art Show Brighton, Melbourne
2010 ‘Pink Lady Art Exhibition’, Brighton, Melbourne
2010 ‘Bayside Rotary/Porsche Art Exhibition’ Melbourne
2010 Art Melbourne
2010 Flinders Art Show
2009 ‘Postcards from Oz’, Without Pier Gallery, Hampton, Melbourne
2009 ‘Our Melbourne, My Victoria’, Without Pier Gallery, Victorian Artists’ Society, Melbourne
2009 ‘Pink Lady Art Exhibition’, Brighton, Melbourne
2009 ‘Bayside Rotary/Porsche Art Exhibition’, Melbourne.



FURTHER INFORMATION

CORPORATE COLLECTIONS:

Epworth Hospital, Geelong
Sir Zelman Cowan Centre Collection, Melbourne Victoria University Art Collection
Private collections, across Melbourne, Victoria, interstate, nationally and internationally
(Stella is happy to have sold several hundred works in galleries and exhibitions).

COLLECTIONS AND AWARDS
2017 Flanagan Art prize Finalist
2016 Epworth Hospitals Geelong, Corporate Collection
2015 Flanagan Art Prize, Finalist (awards in August 2015)
2010 Bank of Queensland Emerging Artist Award Pink Lady Art Show Brighton, Melbourne
2003 Contemporary Art First Prize New England Art Show
Sir Zelman Cowan Centre, Melbourne
Victoria University Art Collection
Numerous private collections, across Melbourne, and Victoria, nationally and internationally.

ART-RELATED ACTIVITIES
2018 Member of WAMA Foundation (www.wama.net.au Where Nature Meets Art)
2017 Assistant curator (writer & research consultant, social media promotions) 'The Prodigal Son' exhibition of works by Sidney Nolan, Arthur Boyd and Jamie Boyd, at Gallery on Sturt
2016-2017 Gallery assistant and art marketer, Gallery on Sturt, Ballarat
2015 Art Prize Judge, ACU Ballarat
2014 Art Prize Judge, Ballarat
2000-2014 Critic/arts journalist, state and national press (around 200 published articles)
1991 - 2014 senior lecturer, academic, tutor and research associate working across arts subjects at various universities in the UK and Australia.
Contributions have been made by the artist to the following not-for-profits: The Heart Foundation, the Anglican Church, the Royal Neurosurgeons Foundation, the Jesuit Refugee Services, and Pinarc Disability Support Services, Ballarat.


QUALIFICATIONS:
1992 PhD Warwick University UK
1988 Master of Arts, Warwick University UK
1984-1985 University of Florence
1983-87 Bachelor of Arts Joint Honours, English and Italian (Double First Class, Warwick University, UK).