About

Stephanie BurnsABOUT THE ARTIST

 

Stephanie Fuller is an artist, both Australian and British, recently moved back permanently to the UK. Her expressionistic style is concerned with the Human Condition and our relationship to the natural world. Fuller studied painting, drawing and sculpture at Bath Academy, Norwich Life Room and Wimbledon School of Art where she developed her technical skills. But her late husband, Peter Fuller, was the inspiration for the development of a rounded interest in ideas and a passion for beauty and the importance of culture. Her early childhood development by the sea in a remote part of Western Australia gave the artist a sense of the natural world and her place in it that would be impossible to know now. Most of the artist’s work revolves around eco awareness, bringing people back to nature and making them aware that we are animals and all connected. Her creatures are people and her people are creatures. Fuller has exhibited and been collected by museums and private collectors around the world for the last three decades. In a strange turn of fate one of her large paintings was lost in the recent fires in Australia.

Fuller has also been fortunate to visit many artists’ studios over the years including members of the Bomberg School, Leon Kossoff and Roy Oxlade.  The drawing skills and teachings of David Bomberg, and his idea of the "spirit in the mass" getting beyond appearances to the intuitive essence of a subject, has been a journey the artist is on and will continue to develop in her work.

Stephanie Fuller has exhibited and been collected by museums and private collectors around the world for the last three decades.

 

 

The Screenplay, "Modern Art" by Laurence Fuller, includes elements of Stephanie Fuller’s early life and career. The Screenplay is winning awards and has been a finalist in many film festivals around the world.

 

 

Stephanie Fuller has worked in the arts industry in Britain and Australia for the last thirty-five years. During this time Stephanie Fuller has exhibited professionally as an artist, published an online art magazine, edited several books on art, founded and run a not-for-profit art foundation and organised lectures and published pamphlets of lectures by people who are experts in their fields within the arts internationally. These lectures were held at institutions such as The Tate Galleries (London, Liverpool and St Ives), The Slade School of Fine Art and The Courtauld Institute of Art in London.

Stephanie Burns Sculpting

As a professional artist Stephanie has won a number of awards and produced art works for twenty-two solo exhibitions and over eighty group exhibitions in Britain, California and Australia. Stephanie has been a finalist in major prizes such as the Fleurieu Art Prize, the Blake prize, Sculpture by the Sea in Bondi, the Royal Academy Summer Exhibition in London and art fairs in London and throughout Australia. As a commercial art gallery director she curated over a hundred exhibitions, as an art lecturer Stephanie taught at the National Art School in Sydney.

Stephanie Fuller (nee Burns) is a Valuer for The Australian Governments Cultural Gifts Program and a Life Member of the National Press Club in Canberra, Australia.

 Stephanie Burns

In 2001 Stephanie Fuller set up one of Canberra’s premier galleries, Stephanie Burns Fine Art. Exhibiting the Artist's works alongside Australian and British contemporary artists and European Master Prints.

In 2008 the gallery closed it’s doors and remained online only while Stephanie spent most of her time in her studio painting for exhibitions around Australia and in London.

In 2013 when the doors were open again in New South Wales.

The focus of the new gallery space was Stephanie’s own paintings and European Master Prints.

Stephanie Burns painting

As the artist had taken advantage of the time out of the gallery cycle of monthly exhibitions to re develop her own practice, her clientele grew and in 5 years Stephanie sold 150 of her own paintings in the gallery and exhibitions around Australia. Developing series of paintings around particular themes;

Migaloo the White Whale - A series of 25 paintings aimed at raising the awareness of the need to stop Japanese Whaling in the Southern Oceans by focusing on one famous individual whale. Absolutely thrilled when the whaling stopped, sadly it has started again, Stephanie turned her attention to highlighting the need to save our oceans. Using the whales and other crustacea as metaphors for life and the need to save our oceans.

Stephanie Burns with Migaloo Oil Painting

Flowers - A series of Flowers and Flowering Trees in diverse media, from bronze to highly coloured waxes and oil paintings has been a preoccupation for over 20 years for the artist. Developing a sense of the need to raise awareness of the beauty and need we have for the flora of our planet. To make her message loud and clear stephanie creates giant flowers, all with personalities and many named after women, or characters in classic novels. Attempting to show the world that there is no difference between the different kinds of life on earth. Brining nature into the urban environment and making it larger than life. 

The Moon - Capturing the moon at dusk is a new departure, although the first moon painting was from 2013. Lat year Stephanie was commissioned to do a large moon painting over the sea by a client, since then a new series of paintings of the moon over the sea have come since the artists move to the English Seaside earlier this year. The Thanet light often remembered by her grandmother in childhood stories, has been a revelation.

The Sea - From Australia to California to the UK, Stephanie has been painting the sea from many view points and in all it's colours and moods for 10 years. The series is diverse and vast. Encapsulating the hedonism of beach goers to uninhabited islands off the shore and the craggy rock-pools where young life begins it's journey into the wider ocean. Brining awareness to the beauty of the nature around our land masses is the aim behind the paintings. The artist wants the viewer to gasp at the incredibleness of our world and understand that we need to protect it, before it is gone. The hope is that although these paintings are of our time, they will not be depicting places that are unrecognisable in 100 years from now.

Refugees - This is a new series of paintings about the plight of refugees and how we treat people who have nowhere to go. 

In 2017/18 Stephanie spent a year in Los Angeles preparing for and exhibiting in Elysium Verto - Paradise is Changing.

In 2019 Stephanie emigrated back to the UK, once again joining the British and European Art World. In the UK Stephanie is known professionally as Stephanie Fuller, the first name the artist exhibited under. In 2020, Stephanie reverted back to her previous married surname Fuller, from Burns, her maiden name.

 

The Need For Change

The current extraordinary fire and weather events in Australia are hitting home to Stephanie the need for change. Having started her career as an artist talking about the death of her family in a car accident, making sculptures about mortality and nature morte. Stephanie moved into painting 20 years ago, after a number of years painting the sea, moved into the subject of saving the ocean and it's creatures.

Stephanie's eco awareness paintings gained such popularity with art collectors that all of them were sold. All her paintings created between 2010 and 2018 are in private collections around the world. 

Sadly though some have been lost in the current fires in Australia, as clients homes have been burnt to the ground. 

On the 3rd December as the first mega fires started to ravage Koala populations in Australia Stephanie began her large painting of Koalas and bushfire. This was a devastating subject and very difficult to paint on an emotional level. Stephanie is a dual national both Australian and British, and has lived her adult life between the two countries. 

Koalas and Bushfires Painting by Stephanie Burns

Recently returned permanently to the UK the artist is watching in horror as 2 billion animals are now estimated by scientists at Sydney University to have died in the fires so far. Being an expat gives Stephanie the opportunity to speak about the horrors of climate change on the environment from a personal perspective. 2000 types of animals from Australia were on the Endangered List prior to the fires. Now so many more will be upgraded or added to that list after just one fire season.

Stephanie is in a unique position in the UK to be able to bring awareness from personal experience to an International audience here in the UK and abroad of the power of art and beauty to move people to change.

 

Stephanie Burns

 

 

Solo Exhibitions
2016 Put Some Colour In Your Life, Hollywood LA, California, USA. Film project.
Au revoir, Stephanie Burns Fine Art, Milton NSW, Australia
2015 Oil Paintings and Beach Scenes, Stephanie Burns Fine Art, Milton NSW, Australia.
2014 The English Paintings, Stephanie Burns Fine Art, Milton NSW, Australia.
Beach scenes, Tallwood, Mollymook, Australia
2013 Many a mile over land and sea, Shoalhaven Arts Centre, Nowra, Australia
Migaloo the white humpback whale, Depot II Gallery, Dank St, Waterloo, Australia
2012 The Millinery Works Ltd, Islington, London, United Kingdom
2011 Living with water, Charles Hewitt Gallery, Sydney, Australia
Orion Sculpture Park and Gardens, Yass, Australia
2010 Hedonism, The Depot Gallery, Danks St, Waterloo, Sydney, Australia
Orion Sculpture Park and Gardens, Yass, Australia
2007 Reflections, Stephanie Burns Fine Art, Canberra, Australia
2005 Great Australian male and others, Stephanie Burns Fine Art, Canberra, Australia
2001 10 Years: a survey of sculptures and collages, Stephanie Burns Fine Art, Canberra, Australia
2000 Floriade, Canberra Tourisms Spring Festival, Canberra, Australia
Collage, Christine Abrahams Gallery, Melbourne, Australia
1998 Towards the Baroque, Annandale Galleries, Sydney, Australia
1997 Coventry Gallery, Sydney, Australia
1996 Recent sculpture, Christine Abrahams Gallery, Melbourne, Australia
1995 Delaney Gallery, Perth, Australia
1994 Coventry Gallery, Sydney, Australia
GROUP EXHIBITIONS
2020 Winter Group Exhibition, Linden Hall Studios, Deal, Kent UK
LOCKDWN SERIES, Linden Hall Studios, Deal, Kent UK
2018 Elysium Verto – Paradise is Changing, Los Angeles, CA, United States
2015 Clash, Artfest, Milton, Australia
2014 Fishers Ghost Art Award, Campbelltown Art Centre, Australia
2013 Fishers Ghost Art Award, Campbelltown Art Centre, Australia
Fleurieu Art Prize Finalist, The Fleurieu Peninsula, Australia
Hunters Hill Art Exhibition 2013, Sydney, Australia
Small is beautiful, Charles Hewitt Gallery, Sydney, Australia
2012 Views and visions: Landscape paintings, Charles Hewitt Gallery, Sydney, Australia
Fishers Ghost Art Award, Campbelltown Art Centre, Australia
2011 Something personal – small paintings in support of big ideas, Charles Hewitt   Gallery, Sydney, Australia
Goulburn Art Award, Goulburn Regional Gallery, Australia
Hunters Hill Art Exhibition 2010, Sydney, Australia
2010 BSG $10,000 General Art Prize, Brunswick Street Gallery, Melbourne, Australia
Liverpool City Art Prize, Casula Powerhouse Arts Centre, Sydney, Australia
Hunters Hill Art Exhibition 2010, Sydney, Australia
Waverley Art Prize exhibition, Waverley-Woollahra Art School, Bondi, Australia
North Sydney Art Prize, Huntley Hall, North Sydney Council, Australia
Still life treasures, Robin Gibson Gallery, Sydney, Australia
2009 Waverley Art Prize, Bondi Road Art School, Sydney, Australia
Bayswater Art Awards and Exhibition, Perth, Australia
Gold Rush Art Competition, Gympie Regional Gallery, Australia
2008 It’s the small things that count, Defiance Gallery, Sydney, Australia
2007 Telstra Art Show, Gundaroo, Australia
Fishers Ghost Art Award, Campbelltown City Bicentennial Art Gallery, Australia
2006 All women, Stephanie Burns Fine Art, Canberra
Contemporary, Stephanie Burns Fine Art, Canberra
2005 6 x 6 x 6 Miniature sculpture exhibition, Defiance Gallery, Sydney, Australia
Brisbane Art Fair, Stephanie Burns Fine Art, Brisbane, Australia
Capo, National Portrait Gallery, Canberra, Australia
2004 The march of the miniatures, Defiance Gallery, Sydney, Australia
The Melbourne Affordable Art Fair, Stephanie Burns Fine Art, Melbourne, Australia
The Sydney Affordable Art Fair, Stephanie Burns Fine Art, Sydney, Australia
2003 Annual sculpture exhibition, Robin Gibson Gallery, Sydney, Australia
2002 Melbourne Art Fair (ACAFS), Stephanie Burns Fine Art, Australia
Annual 6 Miniature Sculpture Show, Defiance Gallery, Sydney, Australia
Sculpture 2002, Campbelltown City Bicentennial Art Gallery, Campbelltown, Australia
Beauty and violence, Stephanie Burns Fine Art, Canberra, Australia
2001 Small Wonders, Defiance Gallery, Sydney, Australia
2000 Idea and influence, 3 May-27 May, Annandale Galleries, Sydney, Australia
The Miniature Sculpture Show, Defiance, Sydney, Australia
Sculpture by the sea, Bondi Beach, Sydney, Australia
Australian Drawing Biennale, Drill Hall Gallery, ANU Canberra, Australia
1999 Primary Colours- Red, June 15-July 10, Annandale Galleries, Sydney, Australia
Still life, King St Gallery, Sydney, Australia
Big Thoughts Small Works, Defiance Gallery, Sydney, Australia
Stained Glass Windows Competition, 25 Feb-25 Mar, St John’s Cathedral, Brisbane, Australia
1998 Pas D’Accrochage En Publique (Not a Public Hanging), Cellblock Theatre, East Sydney Campus, Sydney, Australia
A contretemps, Annandale Galleries, Sydney, Australia
Primary colours, Annandale Galleries, Sydney, Australia
Figure in the landscape: An Exhibition by 67 Sculptors, King St Gallery, Sydney, Australia
Melbourne Art Fair (ACAFS), Annandale Galleries, Sydney, Australia
Fishers Ghost Art Award, highly commended, Campbelltown City Bicentennial Art Gallery, Campbelltown, Australia
1997 Flagging the Republic, Sherman Galleries, Sydney, Australia
Diary, Coventry Gallery, Sydney, Australia
Anon, Sherman Galleries, Sydney, Australia
Blake Prize for Religious Art, State Library of NSW, Sydney, St John’s Cathedral, Brisbane, Noosa Regional Art Gallery, Tewantin, Qld, Cathedral of St Paul, Melbourne, Australia
Salon des Refuses, SH Ervin, Sydney, Australia
Sculpture 9, Robin Gibson Gallery, Sydney, Australia
The biggest little sculpture show in town, Defiance Gallery, Sydney, Australia
Stiletto, Delaney Gallery, Perth, Australia
Fishers Ghost Art Award, highly commended, Campbelltown City Bicentennial Art Gallery, , Australia
Martin Hanson Memorial Art Award, Gladstone Regional Art Gallery & Museum, Australia
Still-Life, Cintra Galleries, Brisbane, Australia
1996 Flagging the Republic, Sherman Galleries, Sydney, Australia
Sculpture 8, Robin Gibson Gallery, Sydney, Australia
Still life, Robin Gibson Gallery, Sydney, Australia
Melbourne Art Fair (ACAFS), Christine Abrahams Gallery, Melbourne, Australia
Size is (not) important, Defiance Gallery, Sydney, Australia
Christmas show, Coventry Gallery, Sydney, Australia
1995 Generation, Delaney Gallery, Perth, Australia
Diary, Coventry Gallery, Sydney
Perth Art Fair, Delaney Gallery, Perth, Australia
1994 Diary, Coventry Gallery, Sydney, Australia
Summer show, Royal Academy of Arts, London, United Kingdom
1993 London Art Fair, Beaux Arts Gallery, United Kingdom
Bath Art Fair, Beaux Arts Gallery, United Kingdom
1990 Beaux Arts Gallery, Bath, United Kingdom
BIBLIOGRAPHY
2018 Laurence Fuller: Elysium Verto, February 28 2018, Blog http://laurencefuller.squarespace.com/blog/2018/2/28/
2016 “Put Some Colour In Your Life”, Fine Art Tips with Stephanie Burns on Colour In Your Life, Hollywood LA, California, USA. TV Program aired throughout the US and Australia on multiple chanels. YouTube https://youtu.be/4a0x8jY2s-c
2015 Laurence Fuller: Mother Nature, 21 September 2015, Blog http://laurencefuller.squarespace.com/blog/2015/8/4/mother-nature
2013 Terrence Sanders curator: The Viewing Room, Art Voices magazine, Winter 2013, United States of America
2010 Susan Parsons: The Art of a Garden Park, The Canberra Times, 3 November 2010
2009 David Curry: Creative community throws open its doors to create Yass arts trail, Sunday Canberra Times, 25 October 2009
2009 Arts Corner, Yass Tribune, 29 October 2009
2009 Diana Streak: Burns earns two, Panorama, The Canberra Times, 18 July 2009
2009 What’s going on, The Canberra Times, 9 February 2009
2007 Philip O’Brien: At home with sculpture, The Canberra Times, 10 September 2007
2007 Stephanie Burns: An Artist’s life, Independent Retiree, Spring 2007
2007 Stephanie Burns: Art for Pleasure, Independent Retiree, Winter 2007
2007 Stephanie Burns: Valuing Art, Independent Retiree, Autumn 2007
2005 Helen Musa: Capital Life, The Canberra Times, 11 November 2005
2005 Sonia Barron: A Rodin-style renaissance The Canberra Times, 27 March 2005
2004 Helen Musa: 100 Kg bronze sculpture taken from Deakin gallery, The Canberra Times, 29 June 2004
2003 Lyn Mills: Circus comes to town just at the right time, The Canberra Times, 18 February 2003
2002 John P Moloney: Risk or Risqué, it’s enough to drive you up the wall, The Canberra Times, 25 August 2002
2002 Look Out, Times Out, The Canberra Times, 15 August 2002
2002 Des McNicholas: Vibrant display of artistic talent, Canberra Sunday Times, 27 January 2002
2001 Norma Allen: New circle of friends meets at gallery lunch, Hats off, front page, The Canberra Times, 13 November 2001
2001 Sonia Baron: Deserves adults only tag, The Canberra Times, 31 July 2001
2001 Ian Warden: Lust and laughs – the funny side of erotic art, The Canberra Times, 31 May 2001
2001 Shaun Burns: Win News, Win TV, 16 March 2001
2001 Ron Cerabona: Contemporary Insights, The Canberra Times, 8 March 2001
2001 The Chronicle, 6 March 2001
2001 Portrait 2, Summer 2001
2000 Georgina Safe: Neckwear exhibit as artwork to tie for, The Australian, 6 October 2000
2000 Norma Allen: Ties as gorgeous snippets of paintings, The Canberra Times, 3 October 2000
2000 Helen Musa: Sculptures display a Passion for Tulips, Canberra Times, 18 September, 2000
2000 Cassie Proudfoot: A Sculptor Succumbs to Tulip Mania, Canberra Times, 24 September, 2000
2000 Sebastian Smee: The Australian Drawing Biennale, Drill Hall Catalogue, 16 November to 17 December 2000
2000 Justin Murphy: The Arts Show, interview, ABC TV, 23 November 2000
2000 Alison Barclay: Burning Talent, Sun Herald, 5 December 2000
2000 Jewel Topsfield: What’s On, Melbourne Times, 6 December 2000
2000 Jewel Topsfield: Community Catch-Up, Melbourne Times, 13 December 2000
1999 Stephanie Burns: Towards The Baroque, Annandale Galleries Catalogue, March 1999
1999 Sebastian Smee: The galleries, The Sydney Morning Herald, 30 March, 1999
1999 Bruce James: Toto, I’ve got a feeling were not on canvas any more, The Sydney Morning Herald, 3 April, 1999
1997 Bruce James: Galleries column, The Sydney Morning Herald, 18 April 1997
1996 John McDonald: Christine Abrahams Gallery Catalogue, April 1996
1996 Giles Auty: Added Dimension, The Australian, The Weekend Review, 20 July 1996
1996 Jenny Zimmer: Burns Draws on Wealth of References, The Age, 1 October 1996
1995 David Bromfield: The West Australian, 29 August, 1995
1994 Elwyn Lynn: Critical Depth to Serious Studies, The Australian, 10 September, 1994
1994 Jacques Delaruelle: Demanding Attention, The Sydney Review, September, 1994
1994 David Matthews: Coventry Gallery Catalogue, September, 1994