Featured Artist Graeme Stevenson

Australian painter Graeme Stevenson shares an astonishing portfolio of figurative art and a story of personal transformation that guided his artist journey. Visit his website to see more.

 

figurative painting by Graeme Stevenson

“Life Begins” oil on board, 32″ x 40″

 

Red hair and freckles. When I was growing up in the fifties and sixties I was known as Bluey. That’s the terminology for someone with red hair, it’s also slang in Australia for fighting, which I often did. I mostly did not want to, but sometimes you didn’t have a choice.

 

figurative contemporary surrealism painting by Graeme Stevenson

“Aquarius Coming” oil and acrylic on board, 30″ x 40″

 

It’s amazing how our past, mostly from our youth, constructs and moulds us into who we are going to grow into as an adult, even more so than our teenage years.

 

contemporary surrealism painting of a bear by Graeme Stevenson

“Bearly there Bearly where” oil on canas, 36″ x 48″

 

Spending much of my time alone guided me to a place where I found great solace in my mind and my art ability. To this day I still live very much in my head and have a huge thirst for knowledge and information. Wandering into the hills and valleys and desert areas of Australia enabled me to see the amazing diversity of nature and animals. As I got older, it was not just one country—it was the world.

 

figurative contemporary surrealism painting by Graeme Stevenson

“Electric Madonna” oil on canvas, 30″ x 40″

 

Although I wanted to pursue my art, it was hard to make a living at it back then. I was incredibly naïve about what I had to do to make it work, so I worked in an ambulance as a young man.

 

painting of a woman and baby by Graeme Stevenson

“Kylies Love” oil on canvas, 30″ x 40″

 

Small things in life can make huge changes in our journey. A moment in time can alter your perceptions for the rest of your life. One of these days came on a hot summer’s night in Sydney, Australia when I was working the afternoon shift. We had a call to a girl in respiratory distress, a young lass that was asthmatic and in a bad way.

 

figurative painting of Venice by Graeme Stevenson

“Venetion Blood” oil on board, 36″ x 48″

 

We made an emergency dash to the hospital that night, but unfortunately Rebecca died on the way. She was twelve and a beautiful child with dark red hair. I was only ten years older than her at the time. To this day I still get very emotional when I remember her reaching to me and my not being able to do anything to help her. Unfortunately, there are many young people that pass from asthma every year.

 

figurative contemporary surrealism painting by Graeme Stevenson

“Venice Awaits” oil on canvas, 36″ x 48″

 

I went home that night and sat in a chair in the dark and wept. I said to myself, “I have a choice in life; I know very clearly that I am going to die one day. Not today though. Thank you, Rebecca.”

 

figurative contemporary surrealism painting by Graeme Stevenson

“My Time” oil on board, 32″ x 40″

 

The next day I committed myself to putting an exhibition together. As I have learned from life, if I step forward and spread my arms to the universe and have no fear, amazing things will happen.

 

figurative contemporary surrealism painting by Graeme Stevenson

“The Travelers” acrylic on board, 24″ x 30″

 

I have travelled the world many times since that night. I have exhibited across the world and lived in five countries. I have seen and done things that most people would only ever see on the television. I started my own global TV series on arts Colour in your Life and was awarded one of my country’s highest honours by the Queen.

 

Artist Graeme Stevenson at work in his studio

Artist Graeme Stevenson at work in his studio

 

I did all this through the love of my art and the knowledge that one day, I too will leave the world. Don’t be afraid. We all go to the same place in the end.

 

Artist Graeme Stevenson invites you to follow him on his Facebook page, as well as his Colour In Your Life website and the Put Some Colour In Your Life Facebook page.

 

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Comments

  1. Well done Graeme, a beautiful story, combining positive thoughts, with hard work, and using the talent you have been given, you have so much to be proud of. You have such a warm heart. Best wishes to you in the years ahead. Pat xx

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