Stieg Persson

Heirloom Carrots
, 2015
Oil on linen
187 x 227 cm Click to enlarge

Biography

Born Melbourne, Australia 1959
Lives and works in Melbourne, Australia

 

Stieg Persson’s paintings combine eclectic source material, such as food and graffiti, with monochromatic palettes and arabesques motifs. In melding these elements, Persson investigates the free interplay between abstraction and figuration, as well as operating as an articulation of painting and colour theory.

Exhibitions include: The National: New Australian Art, Museum of Contemporary Art Australia, Sydney (2017); Painting, More Painting – Chapter 2, Australian Centre for Contemporary Art, Melbourne (2016); The Fragonard Room, Anna Schwartz Gallery, Melbourne (2014); Theatre of the World, La Maison Rouge, Paris (2013); Melbourne Now, National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne (2013); Mix Tape 1980s Appropriation, Subculture, Critical Style, National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne (2013); Luminous World-Contemporary Art from the Wesfarmers Collection, Art Gallery of Western Australia, Perth (2012); Negotiating This World: Contemporary Australian Art, National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne (2012); Backmasking: The art of Stieg Persson, Bendigo Art Gallery; Wangaratta Exhibitions Gallery and Hamilton Art Gallery (2002); Södra, Konstepidemin, Gothenburg, Sweden (1998); Stieg Persson, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney (1996).

His work is held in all major Australian collections such as the National Gallery of Victoria, the Art Gallery of New South Wales and the National Gallery of Australia as well as the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, and private and corporate collections around the world. In 2003 he won the inaugural Arthur Guy Memorial Painting Prize, Bendigo Art Gallery.

 

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Bibliography

Artist website


Exhibitions

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The Fragonard Room

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Melbourne Art Fair

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Crypsis

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Works On Paper

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Old Europe
, Carriageworks

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History Painting

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The Fall


Recent Works

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Untitled 2
, 2014
Ink on paper
100 x 70 cm, 113 x 83 cm (framed)

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Altocumulus
, 2014
Oil on linen
153 x 127 cm

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Monarch Cakes
, 2014
Oil on linen
122 x 112 cm

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Ethiopian Sidamo and macarons
, 2014
Oil on linen
112 x 112 cm

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Cumulus
, 2014
Oil on linen
153 x 127 cm

Publications

Stieg Persson

History Painting
, 2006
Anna Schwartz Gallery

News

Stieg with It

From Art Guide Australia, 11 May 2018
by Andrew Stephens

  As he worked with curators to set the parameters for his new survey exhibition Polyphonic, Stieg Persson was not interested in mounting a straightforward linear chronology. Taking out almost all of the space at the University of Melbourne’s sizeable Ian Potter Museum of Art, Persson’s show covers much territory and is broken into distinct […]

Stieg Persson Polyphonic at The Ian Potter Museum of Art

From ArtsHub, 8 May 2018
by Mem Capp

This exhibition, currently showing at the Ian Potter Gallery, is testament to an artist that continues to resist the ready categorisation of his work. Stieg Persson, Pathologie 2005, oil and alkyd resin on linen. Courtesy of the artist and Anna Schwartz  Gallery. Stieg Persson:Polyphonic, currently showing at the Ian Potter Gallery, Melbourne University is testament to an […]

Questioning taste and privilege

From The Sydney Morning Herald, 30 March 2018
by Ray Edgar

Stieg Persson reflects on his changing approaches in this mid-career survey of his work. In 1990 Stieg Persson produced an ambitious 16-part rumination on mortality. Ethereal and eerie, the series took its name from the ”stations of sickness” of John Donne’s 1624 work Devotions Upon Emergent Occasions. “I wanted a great epic,” says Persson, amid his […]