Featured Artist 2018

Vanessa Stockard 

In 2018, Arts in the Valley invited a nationally recognised regional artist as a Featured Artist.  The Featured Artist was given an entire room of the Kangaroo Valley Hall for a one-person show parallel to the curated Exhibition. 

 

Our Featured Artist was dual Archibald finalist (2017, 2018) Vanessa Stockard of Bowral, NSW. 

 

Vanessa Stockard is a contemporary Australian artist who has been painting and exhibiting for over 20 years.  Born in 1975 in Sydney, she spent her formative years in a small country town in the Mid-North Coast of New South Wales.  She attended the Julian Ashton Art School and North Sydney Art School and received her BFA from UNSW COFA. 

  

Vanessa Stockard in her studio

The imagery in her works is from close people, close nature and close surroundings: “Shadows and reflections carefully rendered reveal the distortion of thoughts and experience as I try to live in the moment, yet struggle to do so. I bend light around corners.  Shadows and reflections are nonsensical yet compositionally interesting.  I make new connections with colour and texture in each painting”. 

 

One commentator has noted, “The deceptive everyday nature of her subject matter belies hidden depths of relationship, feeling and emotion.  One could describe her process as absence of thought, a freedom of construct, not unlike the stream of consciousness associated with authors such as Hemmingway and Thomas Wolfe.” 

 

If light and shade were students, she would be their master.  This skill, combined with a naturally deft hand and a determined use of perspective, imbues her subjects with gravitas.  Vanessa Stockard refers to set design elements that often alter and morph as her piece progresses. 

 

Vanessa Stockard has had 20 solo shows since 1999 in Australia and the USA, and been in many more group shows in Sydney, Melbourne, Hong Kong, New York, Berkeley and Portland and throughout regional NSW.  Her prizes include Highly Commended, Goulburn Regional Gallery, 2013; Finalist, Portia Geach Memorial Award, 2017; and repeat Finalist, Archibald Prize, 2017 & 2018.  She has recently accepted a residency at Chateau Orquevaux, France. 

The artist with her partner, the videographer Will Wolfenden, at the 2018 Archibald Prize Ceremony  

Yoghurt and Ash  

Pricilla’s Interior

Room with Vaulted Ceiling

Open Door

All images used with permission of the artist. 

For more examples of her work, click on the following links:   Vanessa's website    The Art Stack

 

Videos about Vanessa's work:  

Vanessa Stockard Solo Exhibition

VS1 Renaissance Posey
Oil on board
50cm x 50cm
$1650
VS2 Soft Corner
Oil on board
50cm x 50cm
$1650
VS3 Renaissance Posey Study
Oil on board
40cm x 40cm
$1200
VS4 Wedding Rose
Oil on board
40cm x 40cm
$1200
VS5 Night Posey
Oil on board
40cm x 40cm
$1200
VS6 Heritage Roses
Oil on board
40cm x 40cm
$1200
VS7 Heritage Pinks
Oil on board
40cm x 40cm
$1200
VS8 Two Vases
Oil on board
50cm x 50cm
$1650
VS9 Room with Vaulted Arch
Oil on board
90cm x 120cm
$5200
VS 10 The Big Room
Acrylic on board
50cm x 45cm
$1500
VS11 Not That Hungry
Acrylic on board
50cm x 45cm
$1500
VS12 Kath's Hallway
Oil on board
50cm x 50cm
$1650
VS13 Sound Awake
Acrylic on board
60cm x 60cm
$2400
VS14 Kath's Tub
Oil on board
30cm x 30cm
$880
VS 15 Destructo
Acrylic on board
38cm x 38cm
$1180
VS16 Kath's Bed
Oil on board
30cm x 30cm
$880
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