“I am drawn to the Outback landscapes of Australia because these are the places that continually redefine and reinterpret with contemporary painting.”

Karen Stephens is an Australian born painter. Based in far remote Queensland enables her a refined investigation of her subject – outback landscape, and a sustained enquiry of how these inner regions remain fertile ground to explore the personal as the universal. Employing concepts such as the architecture of theatre and the gaze understood through the female lens, Karen considers the duality that exists between painting and cinematic principles.

Known for her ‘Bushranger‘ paintings – contemporary self-portraits that seek to disrupt associations of the gaze, are the first historically in Australian painting that situate the legend of bushranger from a female perspective.