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About David Stacey Gallery
About David H Stacey
Acclaimed artist, David Stacey, is renowned for his seductive representation of the natural world. Born in Sydney in 1961, David moved to North Queensland during the eighties where he currently resides. David’s unique and distinctive style of interpreting the landscape has been instrumental in showcasing the beauty and diversity of this region.
Inspired by the Blue Mountains west of Sydney, he developed a passion for wildlife and the Australian landscape. A passion that has become a lifelong pursuit; to further the understanding and exploration of nature through art. His deep connection to the natural world is clearly visible in his contemporary interpretation and observations. David has a definitive ability to capture the essence of the living landscape in all its nuances.
Often revisiting specific places at different times, giving these brief moments, continued existence. David spent 2 years on Dunk Island and South Mission Beach in the early 90’s which was a pivotal moment in his career. A landscape that was new and fresh in ideas, the coastal environment provided much interest where his favorite pastime was beachcombing to collect objects amongst the tidal zone.
Strangely enough, it took many years after before the ideas found their way on to canvas. Still to this day, he returns to the coast, finding a deeper knowledge of the ebb and flow of this beautiful landscape. Primarily considered as a painter, his pen and ink works appear in various publications such as scientific journals and university texts. David has had over twenty successful solo exhibitions in Australia and Japan and his work is represented in private collections throughout the world. He is currently illustrating and writing a book.
David is an artist of genuine repute, his name is synonymous with the genre of fine art; the work speaks for itself. Recently David has been published in the " Masters of Fine Contemporary Art "An Edition showcasing 200 Artists all over the world of which David is the only Australian Listed, He is available for commission works, Art lessons, Exhibitions and his gallery is located in Kuranda a unique little village.
Certainly worth a visit when visiting the Tropical North Queensland. Kuranda open 10am to 3.30pm open all year round except Christmas Day. Also at Port Douglas Markets on a Sunday 8am to 1.30pm. David also is at the Port Douglas Markets on a Sunday.
Limited Edition Prints
David Stacey’s limited edition prints are produced by the giclee (pronounced “zhee-klay”) printing process. The quality of giclee printing rivals and exceeds that of traditional printing and is commonly found in museums, art galleries, and photographic galleries worldwide. The giclee printing provides better colour accuracy than other means of reproduction currently available. These images are so impressive in fact, that it is not uncommon for a collection of giclee art reproductions to be sold for hundreds of thousands of dollars in high-end galleries throughout the world.
The numbering of limited edition prints for sale in this book are in two categories. The exclusive limited edition totals 99 prints, plus 9 artist proofs. The remaining prints total 220 plus 22 artist’s proofs. All prints are hand signed, numbered and titled in pencil. Image embossed over the left-hand bottom corner to ensure authenticity. All editions are printed on ‘German Etching’ acid-free fine art paper.
Artworks that are a part of a Limited Edition Print range will only be printed the number of times the range outlines. Once the total number of prints is reached, that artwork will no longer be available for print.
News By David Stacey Gallery
Revisiting David Stacey’s Natural World
By David Stacey Gallery
22 May 2017I would like to thank Garth Coupland a fellow Artist for taking time out and acknowledging my work.
Scientific latin flows easily as painter David Stacey and I talk about frogs in his gallery-studio in Kuranda, Tropical North Queensland, Australia.
Turning from the subject of Litoria xanthomera breeding in chlorinated swimming pools we move to view his painting of Litoria rothii. This fabulous rendering of a Northern Laughing Tree Frog clinging to a lichen covered tree with its sucker-like toe pads is simply exquisite. The identification points and character, or ‘jiz’, of this species, one that I know well and have painted myself, is captured to perfection. The fine, warty detail, camouflaging patterns and striking yellow and black ‘flash markings’ are, to me, deliciously amphibian. I want to touch it. I notice other frogs in the original works, reproductions and greetings cards around me. They all have the same effect on me.
I have written about David Stacey before. His work reveals a man deeply connected to his subjects; namely, the environments, ecologies and species of the world’s most ancient rainforests which are found only in this part of Australia. This connection seems to lead naturally, in his words, towards ‘obsession’. The sheer volume of his output since our last meeting does indeed testify to an obsession.
David is generous with his time. We talked about technique and style, composition and reference material. His style is unique; a ‘Stacey’ would be recognised anywhere. His latest major exhibition, featuring 70 paintings, was held at Brisbane’s prestigious Redhill Gallery during November 2016. The exhibition consisted mainly of his fine, pen and ink drawings which he then “colours in” with wonderfully opaque acrylic washes overlaid, where necessary, with thicker acrylic application. (All the works shown in this post are from the exhibition). We also discussed problems that being ‘artistic’ can bring!
However, it is David’s sense of composition that particularly impresses me. How he thinks his trademark compositions through to completion is a marvel. He balances colour, tone, form and space. He leads the eye; sometimes by not colouring or leaving something out. It is as if he considers your peripheral vision as well as your focus when composing. Clever! Some of his paintings leave me imagining what might be there that he has left out. This is the same feeling I get in the rainforest where so much is hidden in the green, luxuriant half-light.
David has another ‘style’ which is extraordinary. He describes it as ‘surrealist’. It is these works that hold me in fascination as I explore them. They are conglomerations of images: landscapes, creatures and plants, abstract patterns and even maps. They are dream-like, thematic and thought-provoking and are woven together with his accomplished, compositional artistry.
Our conversation was far more than just an interview for this post. I learned stuff! I also identified our shared obsessive need to portray the natural history that fills our minds with interest, respect and appreciation. We have in common those lonesome journeys and vigils in the wild places where we observe and photograph reference material and add to our knowledge and understanding of the wild. We talked of the difficulties of being obsessional ‘artists’ and how our work is profoundly personal being often difficult to market. At times, we have both ‘prostituted’ ourselves to create for a commercial market driven by conventions, expectations and desires of others. More than once David used the expression “money is corrupting”.
These days in Kuranda are my last in Australia. I am about to migrate back to Britain after four years of trying, unsuccessfully, to assimilate into life here. But David Stacey is where he should be. As a man so connected to the rainforests of his home he clearly understood my similar connection to the natural history of Britain and Europe. We spoke of the recognised phenomenon where an Aborigine may die if removed from his ‘country.’ In this extraordinary painter-naturalist, I found a kindred spirit who understood and acknowledged my expression, ‘homesickness is a gentle term for grief’.
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