Karen Stephens is an Australian born painter based in far remote Queensland. Her immersion in the environment informs a sustained investigation of the outback landscape, and she uses its inner regions as fertile ground to explore the personal as the universal.

Stephens is known for her ‘Bushranger‘ paintings which she conceives as contemporary self-portraits. Her paintings disrupt associations of the gaze, and uniquely re-situate the legend of Bushranger from a female perspective.