Suspended Claire Stening Claire Stening - Suspended
Suspended 2011
SuspendedClaire SteningSuspended
acrylic on canvas
100 x 100 cm

Surface. Texture. Shadow. The play of light on fabric, the transparency of glass, the softer structures of draped silk and the pure contours of ceramics, eggs or a pear. Painting the unique in the commonplace is Claire Stening’s obsession. Her compositions approach a calm, almost weightless monumentality, and her natural inclination toward a neutral palette adds contemporaneity to her work while also calling to mind the sublime paintings of Italian modernist Giorgio Morandi.

As a self-confessed “hoarder of the old and beautiful”, Stening paints still lifes in a harsher, whiter and more natural light than the creamy tonalities employed by the Old Masters. Her treatment of the enduring presence of objects that daily surround us continues the tradition of imbuing material reality with historical and symbolic importance. Strong elements of ‘today’, ‘here’, and ‘real’ are at play in her work, especially when she deftly depicts the worn surfaces of old copper pots or antique bottles with fresh, startling immediacy.

Claire received a Bachelor of Arts in Graphic Communication from Chisholm Institute of Technology (now Monash University) in 1987, and has exhibited extensively throughout Australia. She was a finalist in the Portia Geech Memorial Award 2010 and was invited to show with the Salon Des Refusés each year from 2008-2010. Her work is held in numerous private collections. Carol Schwarzman

29 July 2014 – 16 August 2014
Claire Stening ‘Shutter Light’

20 August 2013 – 7 September 2013
Claire Stening ‘Recent Works’

7 August 2012 – 1 September 2012
Claire Stening ‘Into The Fold’

26 November 2011 – 17 December 2011
Summer Show

2 – 20 June 2009
Claire Stening ‘Recent Paintings’