SELECTED EXHIBITIONS

2015
Paintings: an exhibition of new works (Solo Exhibition)
Love Love Studio, Brisbane

Love Love Landscapes
Love Love Studio, Brisbane

2014
The Landscape of Feeling (Solo Exhibition)
Love Love Studio, Brisbane

2012
Paintings (Solo Exhibition)
Robin Bauer Studio Gallery, Brisbane

Christmas Group show
Robin Bauer Studio Gallery, Brisbane

2011
Memory Landscape: painting and prints (Solo Exhibition)
Robin Bauer Studio Gallery, Brisbane

Christmas Group show
Robin Bauer Studio Gallery, Brisbane

2010
30 Days Hath September: 30x30 Exhibition
Robin Bauer Studio Gallery, Brisbane

Christmas Group show
Robin Bauer Studio Gallery, Brisbane

2009
Paintings by Stephen Brasch (Solo Exhibition)
Victor Mace Fine Art, Brisbane

2008
Landscapes
Legge Gallery, Sydney

From the Verandah
Robin Bauer Studio Gallery, Brisbane

2007
Warwick Art Prize - Finalist
Warwick Regional Art Gallery

Pine Rivers Art Prize - Finalist
Pine Rivers Art Gallery

2006
Pine Rivers Art Prize - Major Painting Prize Awarded
Pine Rivers Art Gallery

1998
Pine Rivers Art Prize - Finalist
Pine Rivers Art Gallery

1997
Paintings (Solo Exhibition)
Doggett Street Studio, Brisbane

The Big Deal
Doggett Street Studio, Brisbane

Pine Rivers Art Prize - Major Painting Prize Awarded
Pine Rivers Art Gallery

1996
Out From Back There (Solo Exhibition)
Doggett Street Studio, Brisbane

Pine Rivers Art Prize - Major Painting Prize Awarded
Pine Rivers Art Gallery

1993
Places Gone (Solo Exhibition)
Doggett Street Studio, Brisbane

Moet and Chandon Touring Exhibition - Finalist
touring Brisbane, Sydney, Melbourne, Adelaide, Perth

1992
The Last Showdown
The Butterfactory - Studio and Contemporary Artspace, Dayboro

EDUCATION

1988 - 1991
Bachelor of Arts (Visual Arts) - Honours
Queensland University of Technology

1998
Diploma of Multimedia Design
Southbank Institute of TAFE

ABOUT

Stephen has been painting and exhibiting for over twenty years. He has a deep engagement with the landscape. The land on the northern fringe of the suburbs of Brisbane, is a conglomerate of industrial sheds, semi-rural properties, rough scrub and never-ending excavations for road upgrades and extensions.

From this ramshackle inspiration, Stephen paints works of great affection and sympathy for this tumbledown landscape. The paintings document a self-contained world which contains its own internal emotion, logic and beauty somewhat apart from the exact reality.

Recently, his paintings have become more influenced by maps and distanced from the earth. As a result the paintings have become more intense with colour and vehicles for emotion. They are landscapes of feeling.

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When I look at these paintings I feel the calm intelligence I associate with Stephen. There’s no avoiding that. But there’s something else that is beyond the literal personality a friend can recognise. There’s a traveller in there. Not to Paris or London, but between suburbs, states, regions, and times in one’s life.

There’s a feeling of returning and being by turns surprised, disappointed, or even a bit confused by what he finds. Some pictures have the beginning of construction, but it’s almost like the viewer has returned not to a place that was pristine last time he saw it, but maybe more developed. Maybe a shopping centre is now the field that was cleared in preparation for it. The scene has been deconstructed, gone back to its last point of change and disturbance. Things have been taken away from the place of memory, not added.

There is a time displacement, like a dream. And the light in the paintings adds to this—the dusk, the night. Like a long walk on nightfall. The traveller moves away from the TV, the kitchen, and goes for a walk. He finds bulldozers dozing, deserted overpasses, empty highways. He is drifting through the world held still for him to examine. All the people are gone. He is able to walk around all of it and is not sure whether it is fortunate or horrifying that it hums with solitude.

Carmen Keates
poet and writer 2011