Grant Stevens is an Australian artist based in Sydney. Working predominantly with video, as well as photography, sculpture and installation, his art practice explores how the verbal and non-verbal languages of popular screen culture interface with contemporary subjectivity. He has exhibited widely in Australia and internationally. held numerous solo exhibitions in Australia, as well as in New Zealand, Italy and the United States. His work has also been exhibited in many group shows at publicly funded museums and contemporary art spaces, nationally and internationally. In 2007, Stevens received his PhD from the Queensland University of Technology, and has subsequently held a number of academic positions. He is currently Deputy Head of School (Art) at UNSW Art & Design, and his work is represented by Sullivan + Strumpf, Sydney, and Starkwhite, Auckland.


Curriculum Vitae

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Brisbane, 1980

Lives and works in Sydney



PhD, Queensland University of Technology, Brisbane, 2007

Bachelor of Fine Arts (Honours) (First Class), QUT, Brisbane, 2002


Solo Exhibitions


The Sun Set, Art by Accident, Murray Art Museum Albury



What You Seek Is Seeking You, Sullivan + Strumpf, Sydney



Dark Mess, Boxcopy, Brisbane



What We Had Was Real, City Gallery Wellington, Wellington

Hold Together, Fall Apart, Starkwhite, Auckland

Supermassive, Screen Space, Melbourne



Supermassive, LA Louver, Venice, California

Tranquility Falls, Gallery Barry Keldoulis, Angel Place, Sydney



Seriously, Relax, Gallery Barry Keldoulis, Sydney



Burst, PICA, Perth

Horizons, Gallery Barry Keldoulis, Sydney



Wobbly, Gallery Barry Keldoulis, Sydney

Fazed, Starkwhite, Auckland



No Bad Days, Institute of Modern Art, Brisbane

Really Really, Centre for Contemporary Photography, Melbourne



Education, Education, Gallery Barry Keldoulis, Sydney

Cliché and Collusion: Video Works by Grant Stevens, Museum of Art, Brigham Young University, Provo, Utah

Going Steady, Starkwhite, Auckland

The Switch, Il Ponte Contemporanea, Rome



New Ideas for Cake, The Block, Brisbane

Cut to the Cheese: Selected Works, Museum of Brisbane, Brisbane

The Switch, Lismore Regional Gallery, Lismore



I Like Ike, Gallery Barry Keldoulis, Sydney

When There’s Love, Metro Arts, Brisbane

Like Two Ships, Kings ARI, Melbourne



Some Want It All, Gallery Barry Keldoulis, Sydney

Dazed and Praised, Pestorius Sweeney House, Brisbane


Selected Group Exhibitions


GOMA Q: Contemporary Queensland Art, QAGOMA, Brisbane

In Motion, Starkwhite, Auckland

My Feet Would Hurt If They Still Existed, Alaska Projects, Sydney (curated by Finn Marchant and Nicholas Shearer)



Striking Contrasts, touring exhibition, various venues including Bathurst Regional Gallery, NSW, Hazelhurst Regional Gallery and Arts Centre, NSW, Grafton Regional Gallery, NSW (curated by dLux Media Arts)

The Wandering: Moving Images from the MCA Collection, touring exhibition, various venues including Cairns Regional Gallery, Qld, Artspace Mackay, Qld, Drill Hall Gallery, Australian National University, ACT, Wollongong City Gallery, NSW

It’s Timely, Blacktown Arts Centre, Sydney (catalogue) (curated by Paul Howard and Gary Carsley)



Bazinga!, Starkwhite, Auckland (curated by Robert Leonard)

We Used to Talk About Love, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney (catalogue) (curated by Natasha Bullock)

City of Hobart Art Prize, Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery, Hobart



Desire Lines, Australian Centre for Contemporary Art, Melbourne (curated by Juliana Engberg)

Speak to Me, Experimenta 5th International Biennial of Media Art, RMIT Gallery, Melbourne (curated by Abigail Moncrieff)

Greatest Hits Volume 3, Institute of Modern Art, Brisbane (curated by Anna Zammit)



National Artists’ Self-Portrait Prize, University of Queensland Art Museum, Brisbane

The New Arcadia, Lismore Regional Gallery, Lismore

VideoRow, The Torrence Art Museum, Los Angeles, California

Let the Healing Begin, Institute of Modern Art, Brisbane (curated by Robert Leonard)



Big Tree Foot, J & Z Gallery, Shenzhen, China

City of Hobart Art Prize, Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery

In Order Out, Anna Pappas Gallery, Melbourne



Speaking in Tongues, Nature Morte Berlin, Germany

The more you ignore me, the closer I get, University of Queensland Art Museum, Brisbane

Word, Anna Schwartz Gallery, Sydney

Some Text Missing, CAST, Hobart (curated by Sarah Jones)

Total Nowhere Emotion Expansion, Brisbane Festival (curated by Vivian Ziherl)



Ornament is a Crime, Gallery 1927, Los Angeles

The Dating Show, IMA @ TCB, Brisbane (curated by Robert Leonard)

Typecast, Sophie Gannon Gallery, Melbourne (curated by Marilyn & Sons)

neo-goth: back in black, University of Queensland Art Museum, Brisbane (curated by Alison Kubler)

Artisti, Il Ponte Contemporanea, Rome



The Leisure Class, the Australian Cinematheque, Queensland Art Gallery/Gallery of Modern Art, Brisbane

Bad Brains, a little blah blah, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam

New Deities: Art and the Cult of Celebrity, Devonport Regional Gallery, Devonport, Plimsoll Gallery, Hobart



Anne Landa Award, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney

Man/Trouble, Downtown Art Space, Adelaide



Like Two Ships, Elastic residence, London

Prime 2005: New Art From Queensland, Queensland Art Gallery, Brisbane



2004: Australian Culture Now, National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne (catalogue)

Octopus 5, Gertrude Contemporary Art Spaces, Melbourne (curated by Nicholas Chambers) (catalogue)

Zeitgeist, Australian Centre of Photography, Sydney

Gravity, MAAP Festival, Singapore Art Museum, Singapore (catalogue)


Selected Screenings and Commissions


Public Art Screens, i/o/lab, Stavanger, Norway

MAF Video, Melbourne Art Fair, Melbourne



Video Contemporary, Sydney Contemporary, Sydney



Mingling, Museum of Contemporary Art Australia, Sydney



Kick Off, Metricon Stadium, Gold Coast

Move Primary, Art In Motion, Kaldor Public Art Projects



Next Wave Time Lapse, Federation Square’s Big Screen, Melbourne


Selected Awards


New Work Grant, Australia Council for the Arts

City of Hobart Art Prize, Highly Commended for Tranquility Falls



Skills and Arts Development Grant, Australia Council for the Arts

The International Art Residency, OCAT Contemporary Art Terminal, He Xiangning Art Museum, Shenzhen, China



The John Coburn Emerging Artist Award, 58th Blake Prize, National Art School, Sydney



New Work Grant, Australia Council for the Arts

Spirit of Youth Award (SOYA), Qantas



RIPE: Art & Australia/ANZ Private Bank Contemporary Art Award



Los Angeles Studio Residency, Australia Council for the Arts



The Artworkers Award, Artworkers Alliance, Queensland


Selected Bibliography


Catt, Lisa. Artist Interview: Grant Stevens. Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, 11 October, 2017..



Reid, Melinda. Oblivion, rainforests, and happiness. Exhibition catalogue, Boxcopy, Brisbane, 2015. 

Letourneau, Luke. “The Hanging: My Feet Would Hurt If They Still Existed”. In FBI Radio. 4 December, 2015.

Hurrell, John. “The Pleasures of Movement”. In Eyecontact. 22 July, 2015.

Arozqueta, Claudia. “In Motion”. In Art Agenda. 29 July, 2015. 



Tappenden, Alice. “Grant Stevens in Wellington”. In Eyecontact. 9 August, 2014.

Cardy, Tom. “When words collide”. In The Dominion Post, Wellington review Tuesday 1 July, 2014.

McNamara, T.J. “The inadequacies of language”. In NZ Herald. Saturday 19 July, 2014.

Hurrell, John. “Grant Stevens in Auckland”, Eyecontact. 16 July, 2014.

Webb, Penny. “Tapping the heart of glass.” In The Age, Friday 20 June, 2014, p.30.

Frost, Andrew. “It’s Timely review: Australia’s long lost radicalism revisited”. In The Guardian, Friday 2 May, 2014.

Gibb, Susan. “We Used to Talk About Love: Balnaves Contemporary Photomedia”. In Eyeline, Issue 80, 2014, pp.96-97.

Ferrell, Robyn. “Between Cliché and Rapture, We Used to Talk About Love: Balnaves Contemporary Photomedia”. In Eyeline, Issue 80, 2014, p.97.



Pagel, David. “A serene state of mind in orbit”. In The Los Angeles Times, February 6, 2013.

Mudie, Ella. “Love might not come easily to art, but…” in RealTime Arts, Issue 114.

Jaspers, Anneke, “Grant Stevens” in We Used to Talk About Love, ex cat., Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, pp.124-125.

Bullock, Natasha, “We Used to Talk About Love – and Photography” in We Used to Talk About Love, ex cat., Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, pp.9-35.

Hurrell, John,”Life’s Universal (Hackneyed?) Dilemmas”, Eyecontact.



Millner, Jacqueline, Grant Stevens: Seriously, Relax. ex. cat. Gallery Barry Keldoulis, Sydney.



Kraus, Chris. “Turtles, Torture and Vapour”, in Grant Stevens: Are You Upset With Me?, Institute of Modern Art and Gallery Barry Keldoulis: Brisbane and Sydney, pp. 83-87.

Pennings, Mark. “Cliches, Communication and the Meaning of Existence”, in Grant Stevens: Are You Upset With Me?, Institute of Modern Art and Gallery Barry Keldoulis: Brisbane and Sydney, pp. 7-13.



Kent, Rachel, MCA Collection: New Acquisitions 2009, ex. cat., Museum of Contemporary Art, Sydney.

Harvey, Nicola, “Word”, Frieze (online), August 2009.

Hurrell, John, “The Edges of Sincerity”, Eyecontact, August, 2009.

Garner, Nick, “Grant Stevens: Interview”, Das Superpaper, Issue 4, March 2009, pp.7-10.

Kelly, Sean. “Some Text Missing”, Artlink, vol. 29, no. 4, 2009.



Hogg, Vivian, “Grant Stevens: In conversation”, Eyeline, Issue 67, 2008, pp.16-24.

Frost, Andrew, “Warning: this artist is messing with your head”, Australian Art Collector, Issue 44, April-June 2008, pp. 108–113.

Fitzgerald, Michael, “RIPE: ANZ Private Bank and Art & Australia Contemporary Art Award”, Art & Australia, Vol 45, No.3 Autumn 2008 p. 496.

Oliva, Achille Bonito, (2008) Artisti Solitari - Uno Sguardo dal Ponte sul Terzo Millenio, Silvana Editori, Rome, Italy.