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Learn more about 'Panoramas' - Essay by Robert Hollingworth June 26 2018

PANORAMAS CATALOGUE ESSAY

 Stefan Gevers: PANORAMAS

                                       

Catalogue by  Robert Hollingworth | Artist, Suliman Prize Winner, Author, Curator at The Wall Projects

         Artistic merit can be determined by asking at least two simple questions: does the work have something to say, and does it say it well?  Students of art grapple with the former – having something to say – their limited life experience doesn’t help. Initiates also grapple with the latter – saying something well. That means finding a suitable medium – oil, acrylic, watercolour, bronze, felt – and learning how to engage with it.

Stefan Gevers has long past this stage. He knows what he wants to say and has found his medium, predominantly watercolour, which he handles as though the stuff is in his bloodstream. He is aware that it’s not about mastering the medium. Instead, he recognises clearly what watercolour wants to do all by itself and has learned to collaborate with it, to work in tandem – artist and medium – so that the outcome rewards both. Balance and unity are not just properties of composition but of process as well. So, good painting is really a love affair.

A glance at Stefan Gevers’ work is enough to appreciate this pleasing relationship. Nothing is forced, nothing feigned, there’s no charade. He sees, he feels, he translates directly, no preliminary studies, no pre-drawing or marking out. Composing goes on in the artist’s head just as it might for a composer of music.

This kind of forthrightness in contemporary art is rarer than some may think. Many artists feel there is some imperative to hunt down novelty, and believe art is about trends and ideas when perhaps it’s much more about insight. Perception and empathy are this artist’s stock in trade.

Stefan Gevers was born in the Netherlands, leaving in 1993 to travel ‘as far away as possible’. He fell in love with Australia, and over the last twenty years has toured extensively, the main inspiration for his work being nature and the landscape. No doubt, the sheer expansiveness of this country lies in sharp contrast to the Netherlands, a fact that must have impressed the very first Dutch explorers as well.

The paintings in this current show are inspired by a round trip from Melbourne to Ulladulla in NSW and back again. The works do not include much evidence of human interaction. Instead, Gevers prefers to locate aspects of the land uncontaminated by human activity. He seeks out these culture-free zones and seems to suggest that they’re worth regarding, worth preserving, if humans are ever to enjoy a dignified future.                                                                                                 

 APRIL 2018

THE WALL art projects  Eastside Mall, 113 Princes Hwy, Ulladulla, NSW


Waterworld is coming! June 19 2018

Waterw was recently launched at DENFAIR in Melbourne  it’s one of the largest paintings Stefan has made at 1.3X 2.4 metres  Contact is for sales enquirers or commissions 

Waterworld at Denfair


Den Fair - Melbourne 2018 June 12 2018

See our most recent artwork and print collections released to the design industry at the leading authentic design fair- Denfair. 

Industry only June 14-15

Public June 16

Melbourne Exhibition & Convention Centre.

 


Showroom collaboration with The Agent Group- Cremorne February 28 2018

We are excited to announce a new collaboration with The Agent Group commencing March 1st. Continuing a long relationship with Adam & TAG team, we invite trade clients to visit their showroom in Cremorne, Melbourne (by Appt). A select range of current release limited edition prints by Stefan Gevers will be in their beautiful showroom & available to order for your interior projects.

Contact info@theagentgroup.com

119 Green St, Cremorne, VIC 3121  

T: 03 9421 0900

limited edition prints

New Studio Location February 13 2018

Welcome to our new home! February 2018, marks the official opening of our beautiful studio space in the Melbourne inner west suburb of Spotswood. In an old State Bank building in the eclectic village of Hudsons road is our studio where we welcome visitors by appointment, hold watercolour painting classes & workshops & take all trade customers through our beautiful collections. Framed work & unframed prints as well as Snowpuppe lighting are available to view & purchase here.

 Paper Empire Studio Stefan Gevers  Studio Stefan Gevers Snowpuppe

 


ART EXHIBITION 'SOLSTICE' by STEFAN GEVERS Nov 18 - Dec 9 November 23 2017

Stefan Gevers_ painting_solstice

SOLSTICE - EXHIBITION OF NEW & ORIGINAL WATERCOLOURS AND ACRYLICS BY STEFAN GEVERS

GALLERY SMITH PROJECT SPACE   

170 ABBOTSFORD STREET (UPSTAIRS), NORTH MELBOURNE

OPEN TUE - SAT 11-5PM

ARTIST TALK DECEMBER 2ND FROM 2-4PM


DENFAIR RECAP June 19 2017

Did you make it to DENFAIR?
It was an incredible 3 days of design & curated innovation for the interiors & design industry- Here is a snippet of what we showed at the fair.

Get in contact if you would like to know more about the range we showcased 

*Original art by Stefan Gevers

*Limited edition prints

*Studio Snowpuppe Lighting

*Wall hooks

Den fair 2017

Midnight painting by Stefan geversBlack Snowpuppeblack lightArt is everything


DENFAIR RECAP June 19 2017

Did you make it to DENFAIR?
It was an incredible 3 days of design & curated innovation for the interiors & design industry- Here is a snippet of what we showed at the fair.

Get in contact if you would like to know more about the range we showcased 

*Original art by Stefan Gevers

*Limited edition prints

*Studio Snowpuppe Lighting

*Wall hooks


DENFAIR X PAPER EMPIRE AUSTRALIA June 01 2017

We will attend this 3rd edition of Denfair this coming June 8-10 in Melbourne showcasing 2 of our leading artists.

STEFAN GEVERS

STUDIO SNOWPUPPE

IMMERSE YOURSELF IN THE WORLD OF DESIGN

DENFAIR - the leading destination for contemporary design in Australia is back.

As the only design event dedicated to tailoring authentic design to design professionals, DENFAIR will open its doors to the public for one day only on the 10th of June.

The DENFAIR team gives you a unique opportunity to experience the latest collections from the very best local and international design brands within a stimulating environment of discovery and inspiration.

12 000 sqm of pure design with over 300 curated design brands on display.


TDC interview with Paper Empire Australia! May 10 2017 1 Comment

The Design Chaser  TDC has been a favourite interiors Blog of ours for years & we had the pleasure of meeting the founder Michelle Halford last year while she was working in Melbourne. We are thrilled to be interviewed for her blog today & announce a special offer to celebrate the catalogue launch & Colourfeilds release


paper Empire limited edition print by Stefan Gevers


NEW RELEASES & ORIGINAL PAINTINGS August 02 2016

Very excited to share Paper Empire will now start releasing ORIGINAL PAINTINGS by Stefan Gevers on a regular basis. Stefan has his sculptures & paintings in leading galleries & 2 state libraries in Australia & later this year will be exhibiting in Europe. Visit our Original Art page for current work!


ARTIST INTERVIEW SERIES- STEFAN GEVERS April 10 2016

 

Today we meet artist Stefan Gevers- one half of Paper Empire Australia & a solo exhibiting artist. From now until April 17 you have the chance to win $150 towards any of his prints. Visit our instagram for details & please comment or ask questions below!

Stefan has work is in the NAB collection, Artbank, State Library of Vic & Qld and numerous private collections throughout Australia and Europe. He has exhibited widely as a solo artist and as part of collaborative exhibitions www.stefangevers.com 

            

Tell us about an average day - Is there such a thing ?? - how do you get started?

The day starts usually at 6.30am with breakfast, walk the dog and getting the children ready for school. By 9.30 I am usually at the studio in Kensington. I do need to plan my week as otherwise it is taken over by things that don't involve painting. I split a regular day amongst many tasks- some exciting others not so much! Admin, emails and organizing my art classes takes a full day. I try to devote a day in production for Paper Empire, which might be sourcing new suppliers, ordering stock, pre planning fairs and markets. And most importantly is making time for painting- new work for Paper Empire, exhibitions, commissions, etc. These are the day's I really look forward to! When an exhibition is coming up I will be spending more day’s painting, longer days or weekends.

* Stefan has an exhibition currently showing from April 9 to May 8th 2016 at Stockroom Galleries, Kyneton Victoria.

 

What is the most exciting part of creating art / designing your range / your business in general. Is it difficult to run a creative business. Any advice?

 Ultimately painting is what makes me happy and what I am good at. New work doesn't always come easily and it can be quite a struggle to finally come up with work I am happy with. Working with watercolour can be frustrating as it is such an unforgiving medium. Mistakes mean I may have to start again and loose days of work. It's something that a creative person has to get used to & it is also an important part of resolving creative hurdles. I feel great about actually making a living with what I love to do, although it is not always that easy. Its also important for me to have a studio outside of home. Watercolour painting is developed in stages & I will often work on several pieces at once- leaving them out to consider the next stage is important.

 

 

 

 

How long have you been working as an artist- what changes have you noticed in that time - technology; design trends; customer expectations;   

I have been making Art since I was 17 and I am now 47. In those years Ihave made large scale oil paintings, acrylic, sculptures and worked with watercolour. The biggest change would be the use of social media and how important it has become to market my work. In the "olden" days you would show your work in galleries once or twice a year and rely on people walking in. That still happens but it can't be your only way of putting your self out there anymore. Customers expect to see your work online and be able to buy on line as well. On the flip side I had the privilege to teach watercolour painting to 3 Aboriginal artists from Yamaji, Garaldton WA. A great experience to work with these traditional painters & learn from each other.

                  

 

PE firmly believe art can transform. It can transform a room, it can lift your spirits, it can change your thinking. Have you ever experienced this?

Art is an essential part of society as it reflects and comments on that society in fundamental ways. It can change the feel of a space and can touch you emotionally. I have stood in front of paintings that made cry, gave me goose bumps and changed my way of thinking. Francis Bacon, Louise Bourgois and Eduardo Chillida to name a few. A world without art would be pretty boring! 

Do you have a favourite piece of art?

I have lots of favourite pieces of art and in particular exhibitions. The Documenta in Kassel, Germany has made a great impact on me in my earlier years and discovering Chillida's work in Spain greatly influenced my work. Francesco Clemente makes large scale watercolours which are impressive and is one of my favourite watercolour artists.

 

Eduardo Chillida Sculpture


Delivery

Free delivery within Australia of UNFRAMED prints up to $500 this includes sizes A3, A2, 50cm & 80cm prints. 

Freight on ALL framed limited edition prints and Original artwork will be quoted seperate to your artwork & framing purchase. We use specialised couriers and rates will depend on your location.

Making a purchase of framed art or original art assumes agreement of a delivery quote.


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Specific delivery times or other delivery arrangements can not be guaranteed.
We provide all tracking details once your order is shipped.
Pick up from our Studio, in Newport can be arranged by appointment.

ORIGINAL ARTWORK DELIVERY

Art couriers are used for all framed originals. Cost to clients are quoted at cost price & invoiced seperately to the art purchase and must be completed prior to delivery. Artwork can also be collected from our studio.  We require the purchaser or the nominated representative to accept the artwork upon its arrival. 

 

DELIVERY ESTIMATES

Larger limited edition prints unframed (A2-A1-A0) ship in approximately 7-10 working days.
Original Art ships in approximately 7 working days.
Framed limited editions take approx 4 weeks.

 

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