Sally Stokes

Sally Stokes

Sally Stokes is a highly talented abstract landscape painter hailing from vibrant Sydney, known for her unique artistic style and profound background in psychology. Stokes not only holds a Bachelor's degree in Fine Arts but also earned a Master's degree in Analytical Psychology, providing her art with rich psychological and emotional depth. Her art education at Hornsby TAFE and East Sydney TAFE (now part of the National Art School) further enhanced her artistic skills and theoretical knowledge. Stokes' studio is nestled in a remote boathouse overlooking the tranquil Angophora forest and the banks of the Hawkesbury River in Dural. These picturesque natural surroundings serve as endless inspiration for her creations. Influenced by the unique landscapes of Australia, especially her annual field trips to desert regions, her artworks not only depict the external beauty of nature but delve into the intrinsic connection between humans and nature, as well as the complex ecological relationships within the natural world. Throughout her professional career, Stokes has held up to twenty-three solo exhibitions and participated in numerous group exhibitions, showcasing her exceptional talent in the field of abstract landscape painting. Her works have been shortlisted for the Sulman Prize and featured in the Salon des Refus├ęs, underscoring her significant position in the Australian art scene. Additionally, her pieces are collected by various public institutions such as the Newcastle Art Gallery, Artbank, Maitland Regional Art Gallery, and Hawkesbury Regional Gallery, as well as esteemed private collectors both domestically and internationally. Stokes' artistic practice extends beyond traditional canvas works. She actively engages in international artist residency programs, including Ginestrelle in Assisi, Italy, the Nancy Fairfax Artist Residency at Tweed Regional Gallery, and the Kelton Plain Artist Residency. These experiences not only broaden her artistic perspective but also provide opportunities for collaboration and exchange with artists from diverse cultural backgrounds. Her accolades attest to her achievements and impact as an artist. In 2021, Stokes received the Maitland Regional Art Award, along with the Hills Grammar Art Prize and the Hawkesbury Art Prize. Her works have been finalists in prestigious art exhibitions like the Fisher's Ghost Art Award, the Waverley Art Prize, and the Paddington Art Prize. These accomplishments not only showcase her artistic prowess but also reflect her significant standing in the contemporary art world. Sally Stokes, through her profound insights into the natural world and unique perspective, explores the mysteries and complexities of nature, as well as our fundamental connection to it. Her artworks not only reveal the harshness and power of the natural world but also convey the joy and harmony it brings. Each of her journeys is an exploration of different color relationships, shapes, and textures vividly expressed in her paintings. Her deep portrayals of natural landscapes and bold use of color make her works a visual delight and a profound emotional experience.

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