Stephen Pleban


lake wendouree, Australia

Preferred artistic medium

Painting, Contemporary, Drawing

Art level career

Mid career


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My paintings are highly worked and aim to build an ominous, otherworldly atmosphere through layers of paint, wax and contrasts. An essential element of my practice is the exploration of formal elements that celebrate a deep engagement with the physicality of painting. l draw upon images culled from the internet and personal photos that focus on humans reconnecting and responding to the landscape. My paintings tangle with the landscape tradition, the chaos of nature, and concerns related to climate change that focus on the uncertainty of our altered relationship with the natural world.