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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Born 1960, Tuatapere (NZ). Lives and works in Auckland (NZ)

Stella Corkery makes work which considers a critical history of painting together with ideas surrounding feminism. References within her paintings can touch on art history, contemporary art, popular culture as well as musical influences such as post-punk and improvised sound. Experimental music projects both solo and as part of the duo White Saucer, maintain a direct line to her visual practice. Although Corkery creates bodies of work that might seem to belong to disparate systems, in fact each operates within a unique, coherent and conceptually unified network of ideas.

Corkery is currently a Doctoral candidate at Massey University College of Creative Arts, Wellington. Previously she graduated from the Elam School of Fine Arts, Auckland with a Bachelor of Fine Arts with Honours in 2012, and a Master of Fine Arts in 2013. In 2015 her work was included in a major exhibition of contemporary New Zealand painting, Necessary Distraction: A painting show at Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki. Solo exhibitions include Year of the Head, Olga, Dunedin (2020) Paradises, Michael Lett, Auckland (2020); I’ve Seen Sunny Days, Goya Curtain, Tokyo (2018) and Keep Smiling the Boss Loves Idiots, Poppy’s Gallery, New York City (2016).

 
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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