Karen Stephens is an Australian Painter living and working in the Lake Eyre Basin region of Western Queensland. Karen attended Griffith University’s Queensland College of Art graduating with Honours.
Local landscapes inform Karen’s practice and she is known for her handmade surfaces manufactured from found ephemera that are built from layers of dislocated text. A fifth generation descendant of a pioneering family, Karen seeks to uncover the unfamiliarity of place in the perceived familiar through contemporary landscape painting, disrupting the traditional perspective of Western painting. In her most recent solo exhibition ‘Fishing for Landscape’ she researches the similarities between the occupation of the Painter and her Opal mining descendants who discovered Boulder Opal in Queensland in 1888.
Since graduating Karen has been the recipient of several prestigious awards including winning the Flying Arts Alliance’s Queensland Regional Art Awards (2016), presenting works on the Outback Way Outdoor Gallery, a major infrastructure project on the Plenty Highway, Northern Territory and most recently Karen is one of three Central Queensland artists to receive a place-making commission by the Rockhampton Museum of Art.
Karen lives and works at her studio in Winton, Queensland and is represented by GALA Gallery.