Painting becomes akin to staging, and the surface of the canvas, the set, in the work of Amber Koroluk-Stephenson. This November, at Anna Pappas Gallery, the Hobart-based painter brings bodies and buildings together in an indeterminate environment, an alternate world in which geographical distinctions of place are troubled, confounded, remade and rearticulated.
Painted by Koroluk-Stephenson during her recent 2017 residency at Cite Internationale des Arts in Paris, the artist reflects on Shadows on the Wall, stating: ‘These works attempt to reconnect with the magic and romanticism of encounter and discovery, teasing out connections between man and nature within fictionalised territories to fulfil the desire to connect with nature and make visible what is out of sight.’
Since graduating from the Tasmanian School of Art with a BFA (Honours) in 2010 Amber Koroluk-Stephenson has held numerous solo and group exhibitions nationally including Bett Gallery, Hobart, MOP Projects, Sydney, Sawtooth, Launceston, Archive Space, Sydney, Contemporary Art Tasmania, Hobart, Trocadero Art Space, Melbourne and Firstdraft, Sydney.
She has has been selected for a number of Australian prizes including The Churchie National Emerging Artist Prize, Portia Geach Memorial Award, Ravenswood Art Prize, Tidal National Art Award, Redlands Art Award, Albany Art Prize, Glover Prize and Paddington Art Prize. Koroluk-Stephenson has received several grants and awards for her practice, including an Australia Council ArtStart Grant, a NAVA Australian Artists’ Grant, Arts Tasmania ArtsBridge National and International Grants and a Highly Commended Soya Visual Art Award. Koroluk-Stephenson has also received numerous studio residencies including Contemporary Art Tasmania, University of Tasmania, Arts Tasmania, Cite Internationale des Arts in Paris.