Blue Horizon #6, image courtesy of Stella Greig.
'Thalassa', the Greek word for the sea, is central to Stella Greig’s new exhibition of oil paintings, which explores her cultural identity and lifelong relationship with the sea through the bayside suburb of Mordialloc. More recently, Stella has been exploring the compositional motif of ‘two-thirds of sky’ within the surface of her paintings - presenting the horizon line as a force which connects, disrupts, and creates discord within the picture plane.
As a child of Greek migrants, her own memories of the sea and the suburbs are intertwined with recollections of strappers walking horses along the bay, and long summer days spent swimming with her family at Kingston’s beaches. These personal and symbolic memories continue to inform the narratives and technical compositions of Stella’s highly abstracted and gestural oil paintings.
Stella Greig studied at RMIT University, completing a Fine Arts Degree, majoring in Ceramics and Painting, and completed further study with a Graduate Diploma of Education at the University of Melbourne. She has since exhibited in group and solo exhibition across Victoria and interstate, and currently works from her private studio at Le Studio Artspace in Mordialloc. Stella’s works are held in private collections locally, nationally and internationally including Greece.