| ||‘The landscape in front of me is like an open book that I choose to see how far I can be transported by.’
Having undertaken fine art training with the tutelage of Chinese master painters, French born artist Christophe Stibio’s resulting practice revolves around patience, control and an astute awareness of time. Exploring ideas of becoming and emergence, he has been shortlisted for the Fleurieu Landscape Prize, the Fleurieu Water Prize, the Paddington Art Prize, and twice for the Stan & Maureen Duke Gold Coast Art Prize. He is held in many major collections including ARTBANK, Deakin University,
The MACQUARIE GROUP Collection and the
MURDOCH Collection, plus private collections in Paris, Toulouse, Bordeaux, England, Spain and North America.
'The impulse to represent the metaphysical possibilities of an environment, beyond the fixed or neatly understood, led French born artist Christophe Stibio to immerse himself in the vast and silent landscapes of the Australian desert. Through a painstaking process the artist pieces together small torn and cut sections of paper to map out a new topography of space, laced with personal longing. The resulting abstract forms and colours suggest a distorted, distant realm that shimmers with endless, complex spatial problems. As memories become embedded within the fragmented shadows of colour, geographic truth collapses. The landscape becomes one of the mind rather than any physical reality'
Space catalogue essay
Stibio has a solo survey show planned at Latrobe Regional Gallery for June 2013.
Flesh of the Coastal Fire Trail
natural pigments, shredded documents and rice paper on canvas,
132 x 142cm