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About

Jacquelyn Stephens resides in Melbourne, Australia and has been making Art before and since graduating from the prestigious Victorian College of the Arts in 1996. Her paintings have been seen in many galleries and media publications and are held in private collections worldwide.
Her work explores a sublime of the small and celebrates life forces and colour energies inherent in all things atomic and cosmic.
Jacquelyn works everyday from her studio in St Kilda East. Her mission is to enhance and uplift people’s lives and living spaces with paintings that have beautiful colour energies and instant appeal.
The artist is also available to create commissioned artworks for clients for a particular space or unique design requirement. Or they can make an appointment for a private viewing at the artist’s studio where they view paintings from her extensive range of original pieces.

Education

1994-96 Bachelor of Fine Art: Painting, Victorian College of the Arts, Melbourne University.

Exhibitions

SOLO EXHIBITIONS:
2018 Contemplating the Microscopic, Sub-Atomic & Aquatic. Brightspace Gallery, St Kilda.
2015 SHOPFRONT CONTEMPORARY ART, St Kilda.
2013 Deja Vu Pop-Up Art, Studio, Melbourne
2011 Aqueous Series, 775 Gallery, Cook St, Flinders. 

2007 A Sensibility of the Sublime, Thierry B Gallery, Melbourne.
2005 Infinite Possibilities, Thierry B Gallery, Melbourne.
2004 Selected Paintings, Gallery Paul, Melbourne.
2002 Paintings, Metropolis Gallery, Melbourne.
2001 Still Got a Pulse, Mass Gallery, Melbourne.
2000 Little Things, TCBincArt, Melbourne.

GROUP EXHIBITIONS:
2018 May - ‘Art For Epilepsy’, Online Art Exhibition and Charity, Australia
April - ‘Pop Up Art Open Gallery’, ArttoArt Studio, Melbourne, VIC
2017 ‘A WHOLE DIFFERENT ANIMAL’, Brightspace Gallery, St Kilda.
‘Brisbane Art Prize 2017’ Finalist Exhibition, October 2017, Judith Wright Centre of Contemporary Arts, Fortitude Valley, QLD.
‘Pop Up Art Open Gallery’, ArttoArt Studio, Melbourne, VIC
‘RIPPER ART 2017’, Ripponlea Primary School Art Show
‘MOSS Deck Art Show Turning Art Into Water 2017’ for MOSS Foundation. Altmann Studio, Melbourne, VIC
‘Gravity - Art with Heart’, Truly Deeply, Melbourne, VIC
‘Art For Epilepsy’, Online Art Exhibition and Charity, Australia
2016 ‘MOSS Deck Art Show Turning Art Into Water’ for MOSS Foundation, Ministry of Art, St Kilda, VIC
Thirty by Thirty Art Prize 2016 Exhibition, The Colour Trap Gallery, Sydney, NSW
Belle Arti Prize 2016, Chapman & Bailey Gallery, Melbourne.
‘Pop Up Art Gallery Open House’ ArttoArt Studio, Melbourne, VIC
Albert Park College Art Show 2016, Melbourne, VIC
‘Speed Date with Art’, ArttoArt Pop-Up Gallery, High Street, Prahran
2015 Exhibition ‘Here Be Artists’, 274 St Kilda Road, St Kilda.
‘RIPPER ART 2015’, Ripponlea Primary School Art Show
Belle Arti Prize 2015, Chapman & Bailey Gallery, Melbourne.
2014 June –July Finalist ‘Clifton’s Art Prize, 2014’
Belle Arti Prize 2013, Chapman & Bailey Gallery, Melbourne.
Group Exhibitions, Thierry B Gallery, Melbourne.
2013 Belle Arti Prize 2013, Chapman & Bailey Gallery, Melbourne.
Group Exhibition, Thierry B Gallery, Melbourne.
2012 Belle Arti Prize 2012, Chapman & Bailey Gallery, Melbourne.
Aqueous Series, 775 Gallery, Cook St, Flinders
2011 Lighthouse Foundation Art Auction, Australian Centre for Contemporary Art, Melbourne
Ripponlea Art Show
2010 Group Exhibition, Thierry B Gallery, Melbourne.
Group Exhibition, Inverloch Gallery, Inverloch.
2008 Group Exhibition, Greenwood Gallery, South Melbourne
Thierry B Gallery, Melbourne
2007 Autumn: Gallery Artists Group Exhibition, Thierry B Gallery, Melbourne.
Art Melbourne, Melbourne Art Fair.
Art Sydney, Sydney Art Fair.
2006 Absolute Art, Exhibition by Jacquelyn Stephens, Peter Kennedy & Kristian Shaw, Gallery Paul, Melbourne.
Art Melbourne, Melbourne Art Fair.
Art Sydney, Sydney Art Fair.
2005 Art for Science, Curated by Murdoch Children’s Research Institute, Nellie Castan Gallery, Melbourne.
Art for Life, Australian Red Cross Tsunami Appeal Fund-raising Exhibition, Melbourne.
Art Melbourne, Melbourne Art Fair.
Art Sydney, Sydney Art Fair.
2001 Grand Opening Show, Landau Gallery, Melbourne.
2000 In the Minds Eye, Curated by Tara Gilbee, Next Wave Festival, Linden Gallery, Melbourne
Sally’s Paddock Acquisitive Art Prize Exhibition, (short-listed), Patrizia Autore Gallery, Melbourne.
1996 Chinoiseries, Irene Sutton Gallery, Melbourne.

Press

2018 Sally Baillieu, Radio Interview: “Jacquelyn Stephens Contemplating the Microscopic, Sub-Atomic & Aquatic”. On 3RRP FM(98.7FM), Melbourne, Arts Program ‘ARTS ABOUT’. May 2018.
2017 ‘SHOWCASE – Aqueous Surge XI by Jacquelyn Stephens’ ArtEdit Magazine, Autumn Issue, 2017
‘Wrap Me Up’ – Jacquelyn Stephens Artist Feature, ArtEdit Magazine, Autumn Issue, 2017
‘Where Art Meets Science’, Video Interview https://bluethumb.com.au/blog/artists/interview-jacquelyn-stephens/

2016 ‘The Ones to Watch – Jacquelyn Stephens’ Artist Feature’ ArtEdit Magazine, Spring Issue, 2016
2015 ‘THE BEST OF ABSTRACT - Jacquelyn Stephens’ ArtEdit Magazine, July-September Issue, 2015
2007 ‘Sensing the Sublime’, Joanne Sim, Melbourne Weekly Magazine, Aug. 22–28, 2007
2001 Roger Taylor, Interview: “Jacquelyn Stephens - Still Got a Pulse” 102.7 3RRR
FM, Melbourne, Arts Program ‘High and Low’. September 5 2001.
2000 Jo Curtin, ‘In the Minds Eye’, Netfest Reviews, May 2000.
Murray Whale, ‘In the Minds Eye’, Catalogue Essay: May 4 – 28, 2000 Linden Gallery

PRIZES
2017 Finalist: Brisbane Art Prize, October 2017, Judith Wright Centre of Contemporary Arts, Fortitude Valley, QLD.
2016 Finalist: Thirty by Thirty Art Prize 2016, The Colour Trap Gallery, Sydney, NSW
2016 Finalist: Bluethumb Art Prize Shortlist
2014 Finalist: Clifton’s Art Prize, 2014.
2000 Finalist: Sally’s Paddock Acquisitive Art Prize Exhibition, (short-listed), Patrizia Autore Gallery, Melbourne.

Influences

What inspires you?
I am interested in making paintings with verve that breathe with an intense uplifting energy for those viewing them.
I am totally inspired and fascinated by life forces with its contrasts of order and chaos, but especially in the patterns created by nature, particularly microscopic worlds and the infinite particle life of the universe.
Having grown up on the cliffs of Bass Strait I am also deeply inspired by the life giving waters of the sea. The power of a crashing wave, vast horizon lines, submerged views of light or miniscule single cell algae, these universes are forever influencing the pictorial spaces in what I do.

Which artists you are particularly influenced or inspired by?
I am actually shocked by the diversity of my influences. I am indebted to the sublime atmospherics and sense of awe of romantic painters Casper David Fredrick and William Turner. You may often see their influence in my backgrounds. Colour, light and movement I learnt very early on from the Orphism of Sonia and Robert Delaunay, which is possibly where my use of the ovoid’s started. More recently I am inspired by artists Bridget Riley, Victor Pasmore, Chuck Close, Emily Kame Kngwarreye, Ross Bleckner and Yayoi Kusama.