Orange Sky

Stephen Copland, 2013

Artist Statement:

Bombi Moors is a tract of sandstone heath on the Central Coast leading to a series of old sand dunes, with trails to the sandstone cliffs of Cape Three Points named by Captain Cook in 1770. Captain Cook's Journal during his first voyage round the world to the Great South land.

I have lived and painted in this region north of Sydney for over 30 years. The Bouddi series of Australian landscapes suggest either a coming or going, arriving or leaving- an Australian landscape of the past, the present and the future.

About Stephen Copland

Stephen Copland studied at the National Art School, Sydney (ASTC Diploma in Painting, 1969-1972) in 1988 he was awarded a Graduate Diploma in Education (University of Technology Sydney) and a Masters of Fine Art, University of New South Wales (1995). He is currently Doctor of Creative Arts candidate at University of Wollongong.

He has been visiting lecturer at Darwin University, Northern Territory and Assistant Professor University of Sharjah, College of Fine Art and Design, United Arab Emirates and has conducted workshops/lectures at Vermont State College, Burlington USA, Universite Saint Espirt de Kaslik, Lebanon, International Kongress Fur Kunstlerische Bildung Kirchliche Padagogische Hochschule, Graz, Austria. Copland has been finalist in the Sulman, Wynne, and Blake Prizes.

His research as an artist is interdisciplinary using painting, drawing, sculpture and film to interpret themes migration, heritage and human rights. Since 1986 he has had 30 solo exhibitions, including exhibitions in museums in Cuba, New Zealand, Slovakia, Austria and Lebanon.

His Migration Series 1992-2002, a project of international exhibitions earned him a Commendation Award from the Consulate General of Lebanon (1999). Recipient of a number of awards and cultural grants including a Migration Heritage Grant, an International Programs Grant - NSW Ministry for the Arts, a Vermont Studio Center Artist Grant. In 2006 Copland was invited to conduct workshops on migration heritage at Art Education Models and Perspectives, Grazer Congress Graz and Europe Compact V Paedagogische Akademie Graz, Austria. The multimedia CD-ROM Migration Series was presented at the Symposium - New Media and the Global Diaspora Roger Williams University, Bristol, Rhode Island (2007). In 2008 he was invited to present at NAFSA Annual Conference & Expo Shaping the Future of International Education Washington, DC, USA, and the 32nd InSEA World Congress at the international Society for Education through Art, Osaka, Japan.

In 2009 Copland was keynote speaker (and presented workshops to art educators) at the International Congress for Art Education ITATE Graz, Austria. His work was selected for the touring 5th International Artists' Book Triennial Vilnius, Leipzig Book Fair Germany (April), including Galerija Arla Vilnius, Lietuva (May), Art Centre Silkeborg Bad, Denmark (September), Gallery Hubner Bokform, Halmstad, Sweden (Spring 2010), Seoul International Book Arts Fair, Korea (Spring 2010) and for Dog-Eared: Revealing the contents of artists books, Purdue University, West Lafayette, Indiana USA.

His most recent solo exhibition was in 2009, Raft – The Drifting Border opened by David Marr was shown at Macquarie University Art Gallery and reflects Copland’s interest in utilising art as voice for human rights and social justice.

In 2010 in conjunction with the World Universities Congress, Çanakkale Onsekiz Mart University and the Australian Consulate Copland exhibited with Australian artist Meredith Brice with Turkish artist Ihsan Drogrusoz at the Kolin Hotel, Canakkale to celebrate cultural diversity and heritage and build on the Australian Turkish relationship.

Also supported by the Australia Consulate Copland exhibited in Transit at The Art Gallery, Nanyang University of Technology in Singapore. The exhibition including Australian artists Karee Dahl, Meredith Brice and Colin Reaney was first launched in Qatar at Virginia Commonwealth University Gallery Doha in 2009. This exhibition will be shown this in 2013 at Macquarie University Gallery.

He was invited artist for publication in the December 2010 issue of Human Rights Defender, a tri annual magazine, Australian Human Rights Centre, University of New South Wales. Winner of the Gosford City Photographic Prize 2010 a video collaboration with his son, filmmaker Blake Copland.

In 2011 he was awarded the Moya Dyring Studio, Cite Internationale, Paris from the Art Gallery of New South Wales for 2011 and was selected as finalist for the Gallipoli Art Prize 2011.