Who is Stieg Persson?

By Gwylym Owen

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Stieg Persson (born 1959) is an Australian contemporary artist. Persson was born in Melbourne, Australia. His undergraduate studies were at the Victorian College of the Arts from 1979 to 1981. He completed a master’s degree from the similar institution in 1998. He has participated in many solo and group exhibitions in Australia and internationally before the yet to be 1980s and is represented in anything of the country’s leading art museums.

Considered in the midst of the first of the country’s postmodern painters, Persson’s early be in is characterised by his eclectic source material, monochromatic palettes, the use of arabesques and a forgive interplay together with abstraction and figuration. His more recent paintings have tended towards abstraction.

In 2003 he won the inaugural Arthur Guy Memorial Painting Prize from the Bendigo Art Gallery (then Australia’s richest contact painting prize), worth $50,000.

In 2018 he was the subject of a major survey ‘Polyphonic’, at the Ian Potter Museum of Art,University of Melbourne.

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