Ralph Stanton – Artist – Paintings
Ralph Stanton – Artist Biography
Before turning to art, I practised as an architect and town planner in Western Australia, heading my own firm until 1992. I attended Claremont School of Art, graduating in 1994.
I was born in Melbourne in 1941. I qualified in architecture before living in London, undertaking post-graduate studies. I have travelled widely in Europe, India, Japan, the Middle East, North and South America. I have been married since 1965 and have two adult children.
Since 2004 I have worked from a house and studio in Perth’s “Northbridge” area.
I have exhibited regularly since 1996.
I seek to evoke feeling, space and atmosphere, with no particular “story” or message. More a “landscape of the mind”, often strong in mood; contemplative pieces to be taken in at leisure, in different lights. I imagine it somewhat as music, speaking directly to the viewer, suggesting an often unnamed emotional state.
I am interested in expressing something of an inner light or emotional space, not personal, but non-objective and universal. My work is non-representational. It is “abstract” but is not an abstraction of any prior image; it is an attempt to capture meaning and beauty within the framework of a canvas – a timeless moment of recognition reflecting emotion and the sublime, a sort of search for order within a generally chaotic world.
I work with the interplay of surface and subsurface. I tend to work intuitively, with no initial plan other than a general approach and direction, allowing the work to evolve. I work with light, space and colour – and Perth and the West Coast generally, with its clear light and broad horizons has up until now been an absorbing source and inspiration.
With a recent installation, I attempt to express these ideas in 3D. Inside a darkened space, the work takes the form of a large jet-black cube, seemingly floating on a plinth of immaterial LED light slowly ranging through a full spectrum of colour. The viewer is invited to sit and quietly contemplate, perhaps to reflect upon his or her own “inner light” and to enjoy the experience.
- King Edward Memorial Hospital
- Claremont Medical Centre
- Maurice Zeffert Memorial Home
- Perth, Melbourne, Adelaide, London, Zurich, San Francisco, New York, Tel Aviv, Hong Kong, Nelson NZ
- Artists Foundation of Western Australia
- Royal Australian Institute of Architects
- Planning Institute of Australia
- Diploma of Art & Design (Fine Art) Claremont School of Art (WA) 1994
- Diploma of Town Planning (University of London) 1969
- Bachelor of Architecture (University of Melbourne) 1964
- 1993 – Claremont School of Art
- 1994 – Albany Art Prize Exhibition
- 1994 – Allegretta Studios Gallery
- 1995 – Allegretta Studios Gallery
- 1996 – Moores Building Gallery
- 1996 – Inside Out Design (solo)
- 1997 – PS Studios Gallery
- 1997 – Moores Building Gallery
- 1997 – Salec Minc Exhibition
- 1998 – Old Mill Gallery, York (solo)
- 1998 – Gadfly Gallery (solo)
- 1999 – Festival of Perth Art Fair
- 1999 – Salec Minc Exhibition
- 1999 – Gadfly Gallery (solo)
- 2000 – Vzualvibes Online Gallery
- 2001 – Gadfly Gallery
- 2001 – Festival of Perth (Gadfly Gallery)
- 2001 – Salec Minc Exhibition
- 2001 – Hale School Exhibition
- 2002 – Gadfly Gallery (with Geoff Wake)
- 2002 – Hale School Exhibition
- 2003 – Gadfly Gallery (with Geoff Wake)
- 2003 – Hale School Exhibition
- 2004 – Gadfly Gallery (with Geoff Wake)
- 2004 – Hale School Exhibition
- 2005 – Several commercial exhibitions
- 2006 – Gadfly Gallery (with Chubby Button)
- 2006 – Minawarra Exhibition
- 2006 – Elements Gallery “4 Painters” (with Geoff Wake, Helen Forbes and Jules Sher)
- 2006 – “Artitude” Exhibition at PCEC
- 2006 – Cossack Awards (Shire of Roebourne)
- 2006 – Hale School Exhibition
- 2006 – Mahoneys Gallery “4 Painters” (with Geoff Wake, Helen Forbes and Jules Sher)
- 2007 – Elements Gallery “4 Painters” (with Geoff Wake, Helen Forbes and Jules Sher)2007 – Hale School Exhibition
- 2007 – “Artitude” Exhibition, Burswood
- 2009 – Gadfly Gallery Exhibition
- 2010 – Several local government and community exhibitions.
- 2014 – “Dark Light” installation using LED light forms- at PSAS Fremantle, (with Geoff Wake, Tom Muller and Horst Kornberger)
- 2016 – “3degrees@139” private exhibition in Birchgrove, NSW
- 2016 – Harrop & Co Nedlands WA
- 2016 – Kerrie Lowe Gallery, Newtown Sydney NSW
- 2017 – Square One Studios group exhibition
- 2017 – “Chaos or Control” at Stella Downer Fine Art with Sq1 Studios
- New Residence and Studio at 28 Church Street Perth: – In collaboration with Nash & Ghersenich Architects–
- RAIA Residential Award Commendation 2005
- Town of Vincent – Residential Design Award 2005