Vanessa Stockard

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VANESSA STOCKARD

Born in Sydney in 1975 Vanessa spent her formative years in a small country town in the Mid North Coast of New South Wales. At 12 she returned to Sydney as a boarder at Abbotsleigh. After graduating from the College of Fine Arts (COFA) Sydney in 1998 with a BFA, Stockard joined the avant- garde art scene in the bohemian village of Glebe.

A finalist in the Archibald Prize in 2017, 2018 and 2019.

Twenty years of introspection and experimentation, ranging over a number of media, have forged Vanessa’s style and vulcanised her craft, enabling her to reveal complex misdemeanours, while simultaneously demanding the viewer’s self-reflection. She deals with isolation and sadness with intimate care and attention.

Vanessa is unhindered by failure, always continuing the discovery of things previously unseen, revealing work that is fresh, unlaboured and penetrating. The deceptive everyday nature of her subject matter belies hidden depths of relationship, feeling and emotion. One could describe her process as absence of thought, a freedom of construct, not unlike the stream of consciousness associated with authors such as Hemmingway and Thomas Wolfe.

If light and shade were students, she would be their master. This skill, combined with a naturally deft hand and a determined use of perspective, imbue her subjects with gravitas. The artist refers to set design elements that often alter and morph as her piece progresses. She has said she feels grounded from her ability to draw from the benign surrounds of familiar life, infusing these images with a meaning that yields a meditative satisfaction.

Stockard’s oeuvre features many pieces developed without any direct visual reference but rather from memory, often incorporating domestic pets such as cats and dogs. Juxtaposing the anthropomorphic nature these animals are given by our society, she infuses the personification of virtue and vice into the everyday canine and feline status quo of our pets. Cats with their fluffy comical exteriors glint with an instinctive urge to kill and cruelly torment their prey, dogs with their providence of happiness, loyalty and friendship are flung back onto Churchill’s menacing metaphor for depression.

The Kafkaesque mind-set behind such works is reminiscent of the existentialist authors like Sartre and Camus. Absurdism appears with cake imagery and its relation to a childlike nostalgia for happiness which may never be real, but rather imaginary, unattainable and unachievable. It’s been said “pain is inexhaustible, it’s only people who get exhausted...”

One can never “have it all”, to be both the artist and patron. To intrinsically understand those things around us that others overlook is what we want from our artists, our creatives. They give voice to the profound mystery of the world around us, surrounded as we are with consumerism, pointless greed, deceit and dissatisfaction. There’s no pretension here in these paintings, just spontaneous insight and beauty. Some art is said to speak volumes, but these works are more like innocent and delicate poems, whispering untold truths with an economy of words.


AWARDS

2019 Finalist - Archibald Prize. Art Gallery of NSW
2018 Finalist - Archibald Prize. Art Gallery of NSW
2017 Finalist - Archibald Prize. Art Gallery of NSW


EDUCATION

2006-2007 Gilding and Carving with Dane Wilson, Master Framer, Katayama, USA
2003-2004 Julian Ashton Art School, (Anatomy and Life drawing)
2002-2003 North Sydney Art School, (Still Life and Landscape Painting)
1999-2001 The Framing School, Sydney, (Conservation and Object Framing)
1995-1999 University of NSW, College of Fine Art, BFA
1994 University of Sydney, Art History


SOLO EXHIBITIONS

2019 Van Rensburg Galleries, New York
2019 Chalk Horse Gallery, Sydney
2019 Scott Livesey Galleries, Melbourne
2018 Vanessa Stockard, 3:33 Art Projects, Clayton Utz, Sydney
2018 Vanessa Stocakrdm Feature Artist, Arts in the Valley, Kangaroo Valley
2017 Cold Comforts, curated by Amber Cresswell Bell, Sheffer Gallery
2016 Vanessa Stockard, A.K. Belinger Gallery, Inverell
2015 Halcyon, Wadsworth Gallery, Sydney
2015 La vie en Rose, Art2Muse Gallery, Sydney
2013 Textura, Art2Muse Gallery, Sydney
2013 The Garden, Maunsell Wickes, Sydney
2012 Untethered, Maunsell Wickes, Sydney
2012 Tenebrism, Charles Hewitt Gallery, Sydney
2011 Vanessa Stockard, Artist’s Deli, Bowral
2010 Quiesce, Charles Hewitt Gallery, Sydney
2009 Siren’s Song, Charles Hewitt Gallery, Sydney
2009 Taree Regional Gallery, Taree
2009 Murdoch Collections, Portland, USA
2007 Murdoch Collections, Portland, USA
2007 Cork, Portland, USA
2004 Don Adan Coffee House, Sydney
2003 Don Adan Coffee House, Sydney
1999 Dendy Cinema Sydney


GROUP EXHIBITIONS

2020 Young Curators 3:33, ARt Projects, Sydney
2020 All Things Great and Smol, AK Bellinger Gallery, Inverell
2019 Moran Portrait Prize - Finalist
2019 The Archibald, Art Gallery of NSW - Finalist
2018 The Archibald, Art Gallery of NSW - Finalist
2018 Cat Show LA, Los Angeles
2018 Van Rensburg Galleries, Hong Kong
2018 Van Rensburg Galleries, New York
2018 The Archibald Prize, Art Gallery of NSW, Sydney
2017 Portia Geach
2017 The Archibald
2016 Equus, Olsen Gallery, Sydney
2016 Birds Gallery, Melbourne
2016 Van Rensburg Galleries, Hong Kong
2016 Van Rensburg Galleries, New York
2015 The Moree Gallery, Moree
2015 Stones, Berrima
2015 Michael Reid, Murrurrundi
2015 Murdoch Collections, Portland, USA
2014 En Fleur, Queen Street Gallery, Woollahra
2014 Space Matters, ION, Kings Street Wharf, Sydney
2014 Autumn show, Bradman Art Gallery Centre, Bowral
2014 Murdoch Collections, Portland, Oregon.
2013 Goulburn Regional Gallery, Goulburn (award, highly commended)
2013 BCAG, Bradman Art gallery Centre, Bowral
2013 Sydney Children's Hospital, (permanent collection)
2014 End of Year, Art2Muse Gallery, Double Bay
2013 Something Small, Charles Hewitt, Marrickville
2013 Is it a bird, Is it a plane, Charles Hewitt, Marrickville
2013 Wombat Hollow, Mausell Wickes and Michael Yabsley, Kangaloon
2012 A Painterly Selection, Artist’s Deli, Bowral
2012 Views and Visions, Charles Hewitt Gallery, Sydney
2011 Think Big, Charles Hewitt Gallery, Sydney
2011 Mythos Fine Art, California, USA
2011 Murdoch Collections, Portland, USA
2010 About Flowers, Charles Hewitt Gallery, Sydney
2010 Something Personal, Charles Hewitt Gallery, Sydney
2009 Don Capon, Sydney Eye Hospital, Sydney
2009 Blank_Space Art Gallery, Sydney
2009 Perlcontemporaryart, Vaucluse, NSW
2008 Taree Art Show, Taree, NSW
2007 Katayama, Portland, USA
2007 Guestroom Gallery, Portland, USA
2006 Guestroom Gallery, Portland, USA
2005 The Art Lounge, Sydney
2005 The Brush Gallery, Wingham, NSW
2005 Kelmans Winery, Hunter Valley, NSW
2004 Taree Art Exhibition
2003 Walcom Manning Art Prize
2003 Moulton Art Gallery Mona Vale, NSW
2002 Applause Gallery, South Melbourne
1999 Woollahra Art Show
1998 Woollahra Art Show
1997 Taree Art Exhibition
1997 Seal Rocks Show, Ivan Dougherty Gallery, NSW


NOTABLE PORTRAITS

2005 Bryan Doyle
2004 Sir Lawrence Street
2002 Stan Zemanek
2001 Mike Munroe
2000 Murray Tyrrell

Artwork 8103
Vanessa Stockard
Ballet (Lilacs)

2020

oil on board

60.00 x 60.00 cm

$3,300.00

Artwork 8110
Vanessa Stockard
Poison (Blue)

2020

oil on board

40.00 x 40.00 cm

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Artwork 8112
Vanessa Stockard
Sleep Juice

2020

oil on board

70.00 x 65.00 cm

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Artwork 8111
Vanessa Stockard
Satan (after Fragonard)

2020

oil on board

50.00 x 50.00 cm

$2,400.00

Artwork 8106
Vanessa Stockard
K Bomb (after Boucher)

2020

oil on board

60.00 x 60.00 cm

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Artwork 8077
Vanessa Stockard
Iso Hair

2020

oil on board

70.00 x 65.00 cm

$3,850.00

Artwork 8075
Vanessa Stockard
Candle Chair

2020

oil on board

70.00 x 65.00 cm

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Artwork 7521
Vanessa Stockard
Meet Conner

2019

acrylic on board

90.00 x 90.00 cm

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Artwork 7520
Vanessa Stockard
Yin Yang

2019

acrylic on board

90.00 x 90.00 cm

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Artwork 7505
Vanessa Stockard
Shred (Pink)

2019

oil on board

50.00 x 50.00 cm

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Artwork 7516
Vanessa Stockard
Toenail Tuesday

2019

oil on board

40.00 x 40.00 cm

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Artwork 7504
Vanessa Stockard
Shred (Green)

2019

oil on board

50.00 x 50.00 cm

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Artwork 7496
Vanessa Stockard
Kevin - Plank

2019

oil on board

50.00 x 50.00 cm

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Artwork 7453
Vanessa Stockard
Night Flight

2018

oil on birch wood

40.00 x 40.00 cm

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Artwork 7452
Vanessa Stockard
Love Seat

2018

oil on birch wood

50.00 x 50.00 cm

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Artwork 6955
Vanessa Stockard
Tulips and Peonies

2017

acrylic on birch panel

70.00 x 65.00 cm

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Artwork 6952
Vanessa Stockard
Self Portrait

2017

acrylic on birch panel

70.00 x 65.00 cm

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Artwork 6943
Vanessa Stockard
Mindless Gown

2017

acrylic on birch panel

70.00 x 65.00 cm

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Artwork 6941
Vanessa Stockard
Coloured Bunch

2017

acrylic on birch panel

60.00 x 60.00 cm

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Artwork 6931
Vanessa Stockard
Rise Above

2017

acrylic on birch panel

50.00 x 50.00 cm

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Artwork 6930
Vanessa Stockard
Unfurling 2

2017

acrylic on birch panel

45.00 x 50.00 cm

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