Stella Corkery

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Stella Corkery, Aim High, 2015, oil and gesso on canvas, 1250 x 1000mm

Stella Corkery, Paradises, 2020, installation view

Stella Corkery, Cat, 2019, oil and gesso on canvas, 600mm x 510mm

Stella Corkery, Coincidence, 2013, oil and spray-paint on pre-made canvas stretcher, 910 x 610mm

Stella Corkery, Datura Flower, 2017, oil on velvet, 450mm x 360mm

Stella Corkery, Escape to the Country, 2016, oil and gesso on canvas, 1350mm x 950mm

Stella Corkery, White Saucer, 2010, sound performance, High Street Project Gallery, Christchurch

Stella Corkery, Knap Sack, 2017, oil, grasses and black sesame seed on velvet, 360mm x 450mm

Stella Corkery, Theme for a Science Fiction Vampire: breath on breathing, 2017, spray paint, oil paint, oil pastel, tea, varnish and collage elements on canvas, 1300 x 7500mm

Stella Corkery, Sparks, 2015, kikuyu grass and oil on canvas board, 300 x 400mm

Stella Corkery, Twin Infinities, 2017, oil and gesso on canvas, 610 x 460mm

Stella Corkery, you had fun experience, 2019, George Fraser gallery, installation view

Stella Corkery, Paradises, 2020, installation view

Stella Corkery, Coincidence, 2013, oil and spray-paint on pre-made canvas stretcher, 910 x 610mm

Stella Corkery, Escape to the Country, 2016, oil and gesso on canvas, 1350mm x 950mm

Stella Corkery, Knap Sack, 2017, oil, grasses and black sesame seed on velvet, 360mm x 450mm

Stella Corkery, Sparks, 2015, kikuyu grass and oil on canvas board, 300 x 400mm

Stella Corkery, you had fun experience, 2019, George Fraser gallery, installation view

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Stella Corkery’s art practice is activated by feminism. Interpretations of the past and ideas surrounding New Feminisms are the drivers that decide her responses to painting. Within her methodology Stella tends to bypass preparatory devices such as drawing and creates the work with some immediacy directly on to the canvas, improvising and problem solving in situ. References within her work can stretch across art history, contemporary art, popular culture and musical influences – for example post-punk and free jazz. The result is work that often appears to be traversing the non-linear yet still operates within conceptually unified systems. Corkery also works outside of visual mediums playing experimental music as a solo project and as part of the duo White Saucer.

Stella Corkery was born in Tuatapere, New Zealand in 1960, graduating from Auckland’s Elam School of Fine Arts with a BFA Honours (first class) 2012, and MFA (first class) 2013. Recent exhibitions include You Had Fun Experience, George Fraser Gallery 2019, I’ve seen Sunny Days, Goya Curtain 2018, Theme for A Science Fiction Vampire, Michael Lett 2017, Necessary Distraction: a painting show, Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tamaki 2015 and Underfloor Heating, Gloria Knight 2014.

Stella currently lives and works in Auckland, New Zealand.

 
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Stella Corkery, Aim High, 2015, oil and gesso on canvas, 1250 x 1000mm

Stella Corkery, Paradises, 2020, installation view

Stella Corkery, Cat, 2019, oil and gesso on canvas, 600mm x 510mm

Stella Corkery, Coincidence, 2013, oil and spray-paint on pre-made canvas stretcher, 910 x 610mm

Stella Corkery, Datura Flower, 2017, oil on velvet, 450mm x 360mm

Stella Corkery, Escape to the Country, 2016, oil and gesso on canvas, 1350mm x 950mm

Stella Corkery, White Saucer, 2010, sound performance, High Street Project Gallery, Christchurch

Stella Corkery, Knap Sack, 2017, oil, grasses and black sesame seed on velvet, 360mm x 450mm

Stella Corkery, Theme for a Science Fiction Vampire: breath on breathing, 2017, spray paint, oil paint, oil pastel, tea, varnish and collage elements on canvas, 1300 x 7500mm

Stella Corkery, Sparks, 2015, kikuyu grass and oil on canvas board, 300 x 400mm

Stella Corkery, Twin Infinities, 2017, oil and gesso on canvas, 610 x 460mm

Stella Corkery, you had fun experience, 2019, George Fraser gallery, installation view