Stephen Spurrier has been making work for over 50 years. His works often reference landscapes with floating images creating rhythmic connections. Moons reference a natural pull on the tides, our bodies and our minds; ghostly figures loom from bodies of water, cloud formations appear in unlikely places and dogs reference loyalty and intuition. These natural forming elements are coupled with floating hand tools, aeroplanes, and highly geometric shapes creating a tension that suggests a link between the elements. The work explores the human condition, focussing on the relationship that humans have with each other, and with their environment. Spurrier approaches the work with a sense of curiosity, which is apparent in his day to day life.
Spurrier’s work is represented in State Galleries and in many public collections including Art Gallery of NSW, National Gallery of Victoria, Artbank, the Museum of Modern Art, New York and Tate Modern, London. He has been a finalist in many awards including the Sulman Prize at the Art Gallery of NSW for his multi-panelled painting A History of the Twentieth Century, part one and has been awarded the Swan Hill Print Prize for Entomorphilatic Psychosis and the Acquisition award at the Jacaranda Drawing Awards for his Artist’s book Urban Nomad #32.