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Elysium Verto Exhibition Opening in LA

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Elysium Verto Exhibition Opening

Stephanie Burns with Laurence Fuller, Danny Pratt and Coco Pops Llloyd at the opening of Elysium Verto in Los Angeles March 2018.

ELYSIUM VERTO Exhibition Part I: We had a brilliant turn out over the weekend, the place was full of artistic folk discussing and celebrating art.

“An actor friend told me recently that I maintain a kind of stoic position to life in spite of it all, I feel in full consideration of the moment of death it becomes very difficult not to value the preciousness of life. “It is not death that a man should fear, but he should fear never beginning to live” – Marcus Aurelius. Bacon had much the same outlook when he suggested to David Sylvester that life life is so much sweeter to this who walk in the shadow of death because it can be taken away at any moment.

This raw animalistic instinct that Bacon’s work comes from is an expression of the vulnerability of people to their own nature and to nature itself, that our adaptation came not from our own design but by natures design for us, we adapted to this world, guided by our desires and our fears and impressions of feeling that we leave look like glimmers and ghosts.“ Laurence Fuller

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Lily, oil painting, by Stephanie Burns,  Elysium Verto
Lily oil paintings by Stephanie Burns
Elysium Verto

 

“When she transitioned to the brush it was an event, not just because her sculpture had become rarer still, but because it was a reshaping of her vision into a new medium. The landscapes and natural Australian forms of her past now took their shape in pigment and movements of color. Following on from the post-impressionists and the fine art tradition pursuing man and woman’s search for beauty.

These new flower paintings, not unlike Bacon, are almost figurative pieces, the flower represented in its singularity as having a personality. When Van Gogh painted his flowers he was said to be painting at the manic rate of around three paintings a day, in all states of blossoming and wilting, on the edge of death, grasping onto the preciousness of life. The way these two artists see the world comes out in this same kind of paradox, this obsession with life and death fuels them to master their craft. For Burns these flowers have a life beyond a pleasing decorative object, but a part of this ecosystem, and more like something fundamental to our planet. That is both fragile, necessary and constantly changing.” Laurence Fuller read more…

 

Stephanie Burns, Michelle Smoller, Hunter Lee Hughes, Richard Jordan, Elysium Verto, Opening, Los Angles
Stephanie Burns with Michelle Smoller, Hunter Lee Hughes, Richard Jordan at Elysium Verto Opening Los Angles
Sculptures, Stephanie Burns,  Elysium Verto, Los Angeles
Sculptures by Stephanie Burns
Elysium Verto
Los Angeles

 

Sculptures, Oil Paintings,Stephanie Burns,  Elysium Verto, Los Angeles
Sculptures and Oil Paintings by Stephanie Burns
Elysium Verto
Los Angeles

Laurence Fuller with Richard Jordan

 

Elysium Verto, Opening. los angeles, exhibition, art, oil painting, sculpture,
Elysium Verto Opening
Los Angeles
Sculptures, Oil Paintings, Stephanie Burns,  Elysium Verto, Los Angeles, art, artist, exhibition
Bronze Sculptures and Oil Paintings by Stephanie Burns
Elysium Verto
Los Angeles

 

Stephanie Burns,Robert Young, Elysium Verto, Opening, Los Angles
Stephanie Burns with Robert Young at Elysium Verto Opening Los Angles
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Sponsoring the Arts

Palm Trees, Long Beach, California by Stephanie Burns 2016

We were very proud to be 2016 sponsors for the Australian Theatre Company in Los Angeles.

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I am so pleased to say that my painting Long Beach California sold at the Gala to raise funds for the future of theatre in LA. Currently it’s the Aussies that are leading the charge. Congratulations ATC!!!

 

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Welcome to Hollywood! What’s your dream?

Venice Beach, Stephanie Burns, artist, painting, oil, seascape, california, iconic
Welcome to Hollywood! What’s your dream? Everybody comes here; this is Hollywood, land of dreams. Some dreams come true, some don’t; but keep on dreamin’ – this is Hollywood. Always time to dream, so keep on dreamin’.

Well it seems incredible, one of the paintings I creating during this series of Colour In Your Life will be auctioned on Saturday at the Australian Theatre Company’s second annual Gala Event.

Watch the show and see an artists dreams come true!

MY FAMILY HISTORY IN THEATRE

My great grandmother and her sisters were involved in the London theatre scene when their eldest sister Lilian Langdon was a dresser at the Bedford Theatre in London. Charlotte (Lotte) and her two sisters Maude and May were small, beautiful and very strong and quickly picked up by Fred Karno – the British theatre impresario who popularised the custard pie-in-the-face gag in the late 19th century and represented Charlie Chaplin.

They became some of the greatest acrobats that toured America. Called The Onetti Sisters and sometimes The Pattersons they were joined by two other women. It was the turn of the 20th century and theatre producers and agents were incredibly active and organised. Between 1900 and 1910 Vaudeville was king. Signing with a Vaudeville producer meant guaranteed bookings and intense travel times.

Everything was live. it was also the time of the big state fair and epic stadium performances. It was the setting described years later in Meet Me in St Lois as they prepare for the World’s Fair. Films like The Greatest Show on Earth and many musical films were directly influenced by the theatre, inventive performances and elaborate shows of the early 1900s. Fairs, circus, ‘parks’ and theatres of all sizes were all intertwined. Some of the most beautiful Vaudeville theatres later became cinemas.

Between 1906 and 1917 the girls toured the USA extensively from state fairs to Vaudeville in Toronto, New York, Seattle, Boston, Chicago etc. They were often sold as the greatest specialist gymnasts of their time.

Variety reviews talk of their ‘classy aerial work’ holding the audience right to the end. They would be placed last on the bill for this reason. Everyone went to live theatre and shows were long and full of a variety of acts, including burlesque opera, songstresses, comedians, acrobatics, ‘wooden shoe’ dancing, wire and talk.

It was tough to keep the audiences awake and their showy tricks had the audiences spellbound. Live theatre gave actors and performers a place to experiment and later it fed great film. It would have been tough work. Actors unions were newly formed and only represented white men.

Awareness of that hardship fuels the passion of many actors and performers today. To think of those young girls being pushed to their limits and touring non stop at such a time is astonishing to me. The films that sprung from that time inspire us and the theatre is the place where we can play. The ‘play’ has evolved into many things, not just entertainment but thought provoking drama, psychological exploration, high art and more.

And so I donated my painting Palm Trees, Long Beach California to the #buildATC.

There must always be live theatre!

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Creating Balance In Your Life

Creating a balance in your life between high energy and invigorating stimuli and meditative and contemplative moments can be achieved with paintings. I paint landscapes and seascapes for your aesthetic pleasure and that of your family.

We are here to enhance your every day life through imagination and creativity. Take a look at the range of paintings I have available for sale and see if any of them suit your home here.

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From The Esoteric To The Abstract, Is Art Too Difficult

Stephanie Burns The Song

Is art too hard for most people. I don’t think so. Art museums wouldn’t be one of the main attractions for tourism if art was too difficult. Art is rarefied, enigmatic, obscure, mysterious, art may be little known, hard and perplexing. But, human beings consider art to be special. Arts difference sets it apart from the norm. Consider this mother and son conversation;

“I said to my mother as we walked, that I was worried my interests lately had been too esoteric. Investing myself in the ethereal realms of art and philosophy the past two years in pursuit of finding my father amongst the relics of the 20th Century art world (Peter Fuller Project). Had been so complex and it consumed my life, I wondered if there was ultimately any point to it all in a world that was ultimately driven by capital, a crisis of faith not helped by the fact that I had studied existentialism for Road To The Well to get inside the characters skin at the bequest of the director. Which served as my greatest inspiration for the experience and, yet for at least a year after we wrapped I found myself in the grips of that same void, wrestling with intellectual riddles which set me both apart and directly in the centre of the world around me.

She told me how at art school she would tell people that Monet was passé, because of his popularity in mainstream culture, but now she paints homages to his Waterlilies and her work is firmly in line with post-Impressionism. She told me that artistic life tends to flow in circles like that, periods of resistance and at times feelings reverence towards the same inspiration. The only thing that remains the same is the image, or the film/painting.” Laurence Fuller read more…

Art stays the same, it doesn’t change once made. Art whether film or a painting is of its time. Perhaps that is part of arts importance to us we can look at it and feel secure, safe and on solid ground. While everything else has changed that particular artwork or piece has stayed the same. Perhaps that is also why artworks that change become less important to us over time.

Antiques that have been broken and repaired are of less value than the same or similar antiques that are in the same condition they were made.

We love art even if it is esoteric.

Stephanie Burns, Luna Park, Sydney
Stephanie Burns Luna Park Sydney 2014
Acrylic on canvas
198 x 198 cm
© Stephanie Burns
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Imagination and Identity

Venice Beach, Stephanie Burns, artist, painting, oil, seascape, california, iconic

“Human beings live in the realm of nature, they are constantly surrounded by it and interact with it. The most intimate part of nature in relation to man is the biosphere, the thin envelope embracing the earth, its soil cover, and everything else that is alive. Our environment, although outside us, has within us not only its image, as something both actually and imaginatively reflected, but also its material energy and information channels and processes. This presence of nature in an ideal, materialised, energy and information form in man’s Self is so organic that when these external natural principles disappear, man himself disappears from life. If we lose nature’s image, we lose our life.” Karl Marx

The Sydney Opera House, Bondi Beach, Luna Park, Monkey Mia, The Royal Crescent in Bath and Long Beach California have all been major subjects of my paintings. Very often great buildings take part in the juxtaposition of man and nature. The greater the interest we have between the nature and the man-made elements the more it invades our imagination and speaks directly to our sense of self our identity.

If you would like a painting of an iconic place surrounded by water contact me by filling out the form below.

Stephanie Burns, Mollymook Beach
Stephanie Burns Mollymook Beach 2014
Acrylic on canvas
102 x 153 cm
SOLD
© Stephanie Burns
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Stephanie Burns Crampton Island 2014
Oil on canvas
91 x 152 cm SOLD
© Stephanie Burns
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Stephanie Burns Sydney Opera House 2014
Acrylic on canvas painting
102 x 214 cm
SOLD
© Stephanie Burns
Stephanie Burns, Luna Park, Sydney
Stephanie Burns Luna Park Sydney 2014
Acrylic on canvas
198 x 198 cm
© Stephanie Burns
Stephanie Burns, Big Lagoon Shark Bay WA 2013 Acrylic on canvas 200 x 215 cm  SOLD © Stephanie Burns
Stephanie Burns, Big Lagoon Shark Bay WA 2013
Acrylic on canvas
200 x 215 cm
SOLD
© Stephanie Burns
Stephanie Burns Migaloo Jumping 2015 Oil on canvas 110 x 180 cm SOLD © Stephanie Burns
Stephanie Burns Migaloo Jumping 2015
Oil on canvas
110 x 180 cm
SOLD
© Stephanie Burns
Stephanie Burns, Two Artists and a Writer
Stephanie Burns, Two Artists and a Writer 2012
Acrylic on board
30 x 40 cm
SOLD
© Stephanie Burns
Long Beach, California by Stephanie Burns 2016
Long Beach, California by Stephanie Burns 2016
Oil on canvas
36 x 48 inches
USD$5000
© Stephanie Burns
Stephanie Burns, The Cove 2011 Acrylic on canvas, 101.5 x 152 cm SOLD
Stephanie Burns, The Cove 2011
Acrylic on canvas, 101.5 x 152 cm SOLD

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On Beauty

“The sacred and the beautiful stand side by side – two doors that open on to a single space, and in that space we find our home” – Roger Scruton, Why Beauty Matters #artquotes #aesthetics #sketchbook
My sketch of an Ingres painting done 30 years ago in front of the painting. 

Sketch of Ingres painting by Stephanie Burns
Sketch of Ingres painting by Stephanie Burns 1988
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As their youth returns the women play with their hair, frolic and caress each other and are generally being seductive

Over the past seven years I have created twenty aerial paintings inspired by Bondi Beach in Sydney. Most of the scenes depict the north end of Bondi where there are rock pools, rocky outcrops and a park.

The first painting “Ten All” was a real scene, evidently there were a group of blokes who, once a year get together to play table tennis in the rock pool at the north end of the beach. I saw an image of this on google maps all those years ago and it inspired me to free my imagination and allow for the most fanciful stories to be created in paint.

For example the Fountain of Youth series which combines the painting by Lucas Cranach the Elder which I saw and studied in Berlin in 1999 and the rock pool at the end of Bondi Beach. In Cranach’s painting the old women are being wheeled to the pool in carts and on wheelbarrows by men who appear to be much younger. As they slide into the pool and move gingerly towards the fountain they begin to transform. As their youth returns the women play with their hair, frolic and caress each other and are generally being seductive. They come out of the pool and go into the tent to get dressed then join their lovers behind the bushes or for a stroll or a picnic in the park. Update to the 21st century and in my painting the old ladies limp towards the pool, one of them is being wheeled in a chair. As they approach they drop their canes in a pile and are helped into the pool by burley young men. As they regain their youth they cavort and do all sort of gymnastics as they move towards the steps at the other end. One of the young women is with her lover on the ocean side of the pool. But, in the 21st century the women have far more important and adventurous things to do with their youth and they set off into the world.

See more of my Bondi paintings Here.

CRANACH, Lucas the Elder (b. 1472, Kronach, d. 1553, Weimar) The Fountain of Youth
CRANACH, Lucas the Elder
(b. 1472, Kronach, d. 1553, Weimar)
The Fountain of Youth 1546
Lime panel, 122,5 x 186,5 cm
Staatliche Museen, Berlin
Stephanie Burns Fountain of Youth Large 2
Stephanie Burns Fountain of Youth Large 2, 2010
Acrylic on canvas
76 x 76 cm
SOLD