Stieg Pers­son

Biography


Born Mel­bourne, Aus­tralia 1959

Lives and works in Melbourne


Stieg Pers­son has been exhibit­ing for over three decades with a prac­tice that inves­ti­gates the pos­si­bil­i­ties of what paint­ing can do. His ear­ly paint­ings are char­ac­terised by a mono­chro­mat­ic palette and flow of mark from arabesque to cal­lig­ra­phy and text, while lat­er works have leaned more towards the abstract­ed. Pers­son also incor­po­rates appro­pri­at­ed imagery, Roco­co influ­ences and graf­fi­ti that he doc­u­ments in Mel­bourne. In meld­ing these ele­ments, Pers­son inves­ti­gates the free inter­play between abstrac­tion and figuration.

Recent exhi­bi­tions include Stieg Pers­son: Poly­phon­ic, Ian Pot­ter Muse­um of Art (2018); The Nation­al: New Aus­tralian Art, Muse­um of Con­tem­po­rary Art (2017); Paint­ing, More Paint­ing – Chap­ter 2, Aus­tralian Cen­tre for Con­tem­po­rary Art (2016); The Frag­o­nard Room, Anna Schwartz Gallery (2014); The­atre of the World, La Mai­son Rouge, Paris (2013); Mel­bourne Now, Nation­al Gallery of Vic­to­ria (2013); Mix Tape 1980s Appro­pri­a­tion, Sub­cul­ture, Crit­i­cal Style, Nation­al Gallery of Vic­to­ria (2013).

Persson’s work is rep­re­sent­ed in all major Aus­tralian col­lec­tions includ­ing the Nation­al Gallery of Vic­to­ria, Mel­bourne; Art Gallery of New South Wales, Syd­ney; Art Gallery of West­ern Aus­tralia, Perth; Nation­al Gallery of Aus­tralia, Can­ber­ra; Auck­land Art Gallery, Auck­land and Met­ro­pol­i­tan Muse­um of Art, New York. In 2003 he won the inau­gur­al Arthur Guy Memo­r­i­al Paint­ing Prize, Bendi­go Art Gallery, Bendigo.


CV

Bib­li­og­ra­phy

Exhibitions
Available Works

Stieg Pers­son

Chest­nuts and Walnuts, 2015
oil on linen
183229 cm

Stieg Pers­son

Cumu­lus, 2014
oil on linen
153127 cm

Stieg Pers­son

Unti­tled 1, 2014
ink on paper
11383 cm (framed)

Stieg Pers­son

Rab­bits with Prunes, 2013
oil on linen
122112 cm

Stieg Pers­son

Aro­mather­a­py, 2013
oil on linen
122122 cm

Stieg Pers­son

Las­civ­i­ous, 2012
oil and metal­lic paint on linen
5146 cm

Stieg Pers­son

Pas­sion­a­ta, 2012
oil on linen
5146 cm

Stieg Pers­son

Thresh­old, 2012
oil and metal­lic paint on linen
5146 cm

Stieg Pers­son

Licen­tious, 2012
oil and metal­lic paint on linen
5146 cm

Stieg Pers­son

Verge, 2012
oil and metal­lic paint on linen
5146 cm

Stieg Pers­son

Dilu­vi­um, 2012
oil on metal­lic paint on linen
5146 cm

Stieg Pers­son

Love­able, 2012
oil on linen
5146 cm

Stieg Pers­son

Yale, 2012
oil on linen
5146 cm

Stieg Pers­son

St. Eti­enne, 2010
oil on linen
5146 cm

Stieg Pers­son

Har­bin­ger, 2010
oil and metal­lic paint on linen
183173 cm

Stieg Pers­son

Is my Video Viral?’, 2010
oil and metal­lic paint on linen
229183 cm

Stieg Pers­son

Lit­tle Gerhard, 2008
oil and alkyd resin on linen
122112 cm

Stieg Pers­son

Unti­tled, 2006
oil on linen
183168 cm

Stieg Pers­son

Unti­tled, 2006
oil on linen
50.846 cm

Stieg Pers­son

Pret­ty Flower, 2006
oil on linen
5146 cm

Stieg Pers­son

Sebastopol Street by Night, 2006
oil on linen
5146 cm

Stieg Pers­son

Spooky, 2006
oil and metal­lic paint on linen
7261 cm

Stieg Pers­son

Fac­torVI­II, 2005
oil and alkyd resin on linen
122112 cm

Stieg Pers­son

Good­hope Street, 2001
oil on canvas
50.845.8 cm
Pho­to: Chris­t­ian Capurro

Stieg Pers­son

Domkyr­ka, 1998
oil on canvas
182.7167.5 cm

Stieg Pers­son

Unti­tled, 1997
oil on cot­ton duck
30.530.5 cm

Stieg Pers­son

Unti­tled III, 1997
oil on cot­ton duck
6146.5 cm

Stieg Pers­son

Unti­tled, 1993
oil on canvas
50.745.5 cm

Library
News

Ques­tion­ing taste and privilege

Stieg Pers­son reflects on his chang­ing approach­es in this mid-career sur­vey of his work. In […]

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Stieg with It

As he worked with cura­tors to set the para­me­ters for his new sur­vey exhibition […]

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Stieg Pers­son Poly­phon­ic at The Ian Pot­ter Muse­um of Art

This exhi­bi­tion, cur­rent­ly show­ing at the Ian Pot­ter Gallery, is tes­ta­ment to an artist […]

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