PAST Exhibition



On Bass Strait

4 - 27 January 2019


These new paintings are inspired by the wild coastlines which border the Bass Strait and Southern Ocean, from the dramatic rim flanked by the Great Ocean Road to the rock-strewn shores of Kind Island.

They start with the artist walking in these places, taking mental and photographic notes, and absorbing impressions. They emerge on the canvas as poems in paint, reflective compositions rather than direct renditions.

Stella's distinctive style draws upon the visual richness and complexity of these littoral environments. She gives prominence to the fragile wildflowers and wind-sculpted plants that cling to cliff edges, thriving in an onslaught of salt air, cool mist and sea-spray.

They are, in some ways, unconventional landscapes, foregrounding the intricate, understated beauty of small stones, layered rock and coastal health. Lively, expressive depictions of these elements combine with the restfulness of long horizons and luminous skies. Stella's artworks begin with rapt observation and evolve into painterly celebrations of the boarders between land and sea.


Click here to view Stella Clarke's Biography.

View Previous Exhibition Stella Clarke New Coastal Paintings 4 - 29 January 2018