People tend to see Watercolour as a traditional form of art that doesn’t allow for growth, uniqueness, and openness to change.
Tradition creates a sense of comfort which leads to repetition, mediocre work and limits our freedom to be creative.
When we are contemporary in our thinking, we become more stimulated and follow our passion without compromise.
This allows us to create work that is an authentic extension of our own unique self.
Stefan Gevers 2023
Stefan Gevers takes a contemporary approach to working with watercolour. His work is inspired by many road trips through country Australia and his interest in the natural environment & delicate shifting patterns in nature are often a starting point for his work. Inspired by timing, repetition and movement and the inherent patterns within that. While most paintings are abstract or abstracted, it refers to the landscape and retains a strong figurative link and a defined horizon line.
Stefan’s work has been collected by the Victorian & Queensland State Libraries, Artbank the NAB collection, Peter McCallum and numerous private collections throughout Australia and Europe. He has been awarded the Yerring Station Sculpture prize & the Banyule Art Prize "environment Award.
Stefan exhibits widely as a solo artist and as part of collaborative exhibitions.
Date of Birth: 7 June 1968
Country of Birth: The Netherlands, Australian citizen
Lives in Newport, Victoria
Studio Stefan Gevers, Melbourne
Suki & Hugh Gallery, Bungendore NSW
Peter McCallum Centre
National Australia Bank
Banyule Art Collection
State Library of Victoria & State Library of Queensland
Fundere Art Collection, Lowenstein
A.K.I. School of Arts, Enschede, The Netherlands.
June 1989 – May 1993 / August 1998 – June 1999
Visual Arts and Mixed media. Bachelor of Arts.
SELECTED EXHIBITIONS - SOLO
2022 Suki & Hugh Gallery, Bungendore NSW
2022 Lon Residency, Port Arlington, February
2020 Suki & Hugh Gallery, Bungendore NSW
2018 Suki & Hugh Gallery, Canberra
2018 The Wall project space, NSW
2017 Gallery Smith Project Space
2016 Graan Zolder, The Netherlands, Retrospective
2016 Stockroom, Kyneton, VIC
2012 Stockroom, Kyneton, VIC
2010 Anita Traverso Gallery, Richmond
2008 Anita Traverso Gallery, Richmond
2003 Smyrnios Gallery, Melbourne
2002 Smyrnios Gallery, Melbourne
2000 Mass Gallery, Melbourne, Australia
1999 Campus, Enschede, The Netherlands
1992 A.K.I. Gallery, Enschede, The Netherlands
1991 A.K.I. Gallery, Enschede, The Netherlands
SELECTED EXHIBITIONS – GROUP
2020 Adaptation, Glassworks Canberra
2019 Banyule Art on Paper Award
2016 “Pick Me Up”, London
2014 “Without a Shadow of a Dao”, Anita Traverso Gallery
"Two" Just another project space, Prahran
2012 “At-Salon”, Anita Traverso Gallery, Richmond
2011 “You are here”, Stockroom, Kyneton.
“Exchange”, Gatakers Space, Maryborough, QLD
“Precursor”, Anita Traverso Gallery, Richmond
Williamstown Art Award, Substation Newport
2009 Mt.Buller Art Award, ABOM, Mt Buller
Shadow, Anita Traverso Gallery
2008 “Motor” , Docklands, Melbourne
2007 Tattersalls Contemporary Art Prize , Williamstown
“Posted”, Yarra Sculpture Gallery
2006 Suburban Art Project, Melbourne
The Motor Show , Melbourne
“Metaphysics” Toyota Community Art,Port Melbourne
Conrad Jupiters Art Prize exhibition, Gold Coast
Qdos Art Gallery, Lorne
7-stories, Counihan Gallery, Brunswick
2004 City of Hobart Art Award, Hobart
2003 Yering Station Sculpture Award
2002 Hermann's Art Award April 2001-2002, Sherman Galleries
2001 Craft Victoria, Ripped and Refined, Melbourne
2000 Swan Hill Print & Drawing prize, Swann Hill
Sally Paddock’s Art prize, Patrizia Autore,
Fundere Art Prize, Melbourne
Conrad Jupiters Art Prize exhibition, Gold Coast,
1999 The MUPI Project, Enschede, The Netherlands
Gallery M17, Enschede, The Netherlands
1993 A.K.I. Gallery, Enschede, The Netherlands
1992 UT Twente, Enschede, The Netherlands
1990 De Fabriek, Hengelo, The Netherlands
2022 Camberwell Art Prize, Best work on Paper
2019 Banyule Art Prize "Environment" Award
2003 Yering Station Sculpture Award, Second prize
2004 Williamstown Local Artist Award
Crown Sydney Artist book 2020
Panorama Essay by Robert Hollingworth
Stamm, Semi-urban tragedy: The sad caravans of Stefan
Gevers by Mila Faranov,
Danny Huppatz – Natural Order essay
Star, Melbourne, Briar Sinclair
Crafts Victoria, Melbourne, 2002, Kevin Murray
World Sculpture News, Vol.7 # 1 winter 2001, Roger Taylor.
Tctubantia, The Netherlands, 2000, Franklin Veldhuis.
Androgynic, The Netherlands,Henk Verschuren
Domain section, The Age, by Carol Nader, June 2000.
Tctubantia, The Netherlands, 5 September 2000.
Twentsche Courant, The Netherlands, June 1988.
Exert from Panorama Essay
"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."
READ- Catalogue Essay by Robert Hollingworth for exhibition Panoramas
Studio Stefan Gevers acknowledge that we are on traditional lands of the Kulin Nation. We offer our respect to the Elders of these traditional lands, and through them to all First Nations and Torres Strait Islander peoples past and present.