Stella Clarke


In the Ballarat Studio:

Currently I am working on a new collection of landscape works in oils, which are inspired by Victorian and Tasmanian landscapes.

Artist Bio and CV

After obtaining a First Class Joint Honours Bachelor of Arts at the University of Warwick in the UK, and a year in Florence attending Florence University and studying Life Drawing, followed by post-graduate studies and teaching at tertiary level in the UK, I moved to Australia, where I continued to teach arts and humanities subjects, and also wrote for the national press. After moving interstate several times, and living in Melbourne with my family including 3 daughters, we have settled in Ballarat.  Art has always been of central importance to my life and studies, and I started allocating more time to my work as professional artist around a decade, exhibiting and selling in galleries around Melbourne and Victoria.

For further information visit my website at

Solo/Themed Exhibitions:

2018 January, new work at Metropolis Gallery, Geelong (forthcoming)
2018 April (forthcoming), new work at Tusk Gallery, Melbourne
2016 ‘Island Moodscapes’ at Gallery on Sturt, Ballarat
2016 ‘The Rail Trail Works’ at Gallery on Sturt, Ballarat
2016 ‘The Art of Nostalgia’ works at The Convent Gallery, Daylesford
2016 ‘Ocean Story’ at Qdos Arts, Lorne throughout July.
2015 ‘Summers in the South’ at Qdos Gallery, Lorne
2014 ‘Domain of Memory’ at Qdos Gallery, Lorne
2013 ‘To See the Summer Sky is Poetry’ at Suburban312 Gallery, Brighton, Melbourne.
2012 ‘Vintage Funfair by the Sea’ at Suburban312 Gallery, Brighton, Melbourne.
2012 ‘Vintage Funfair: Small Works’, at APTE, 538 Heidelberg Road, Alphington, Melbourne.
2011 ‘Bayside Reflections’ at Suburban312 Gallery, Brighton, Melbourne.
2010 ‘Shorelight’ at Suburban312 Gallery, Brighton, Melbourne.
2010 ‘Bay Dreaming’ at Suburban312 Gallery, Brighton, Melbourne.

Selected Group Exhibitions:

2018 Upcoming, the Biennale of Australian Art
2017 Upcoming, The Flanagan Art Prize
2017 The Camberwell Show
2017 Metropolis Gallery Group Show
2017 ‘Summer Salon’ Metropolis gallery
2016-17 Christmas Show at Metroplis Gallery
2016 ‘The Art of Nostalgia’, small exhibition at The Convent gallery Daylesford
2016 ‘The Rail Trail Works’, small exhibition at Gallery on Sturt, Ballarat
2015 Albert Park College Art Show, Melbourne
2015 Puhoi Art Exhibition New Zealand
2015 Flanagan Prize Art Show, Ballarat
2015 Camberwell Art Show, Swinburne University, July 10th – 19th
2013 ‘Ocean Light’ at South Yarra Art House, Melbourne.
2012 ‘30th Professional Artist’s Exhibition’ Caulfield Grammar, Melbourne.
2012 ‘Grand Opening Pop-Up Exhibition’, The Equilibrium Art Centre, East Brunswick, Melbourne
2012 Paceline Heart Research Foundation Fundraiser
2012 Westpac Bank, Beaumaris, ‘Natasha’ Fundraiser
2012 ‘Canterbury Art Exhibition’, Melbourne.
2011-12 ‘Annual Christmas Show’, Manyung Gallery, Mornington Peninsula.
2011 Art Melbourne
2011 Opening, The Breslin Gallery and Arts Hub, Fitzroy, Melbourne.
2011 ‘Subjectivity’, Gallery 577 Brunswick St., Fitzroy, Melbourne.
2010 Art Sydney
2010 Sandringham Yacht Club
2010 ‘Pink Lady Art Exhibition’, Brighton, Melbourne.
2010 ‘Bayside Rotary/Porsche Art Exhibition’ Melbourne.
2010 Art Melbourne
2010 Flinders Art Show
2009 ‘Postcards from Oz’, Without Pier Gallery, Hampton, Melbourne
2009 ‘Our Melbourne, My Victoria’, Without Pier Gallery, Victorian Artists’ Society, Melbourne
2009 ‘Pink Lady Art Exhibition’, Brighton, Melbourne
2009 ‘Bayside Rotary/Porsche Art Exhibition’, Melbourne.
2009 Castleman Galleries, Black Rock, Melbourne

Gallery Representation:
Tusk Gallery, Camberwell, Melbourne
Convent Gallery, Daylesford
Metropolis gallery, Geelong

Recent: Collections and Awards
Victoria University
Epworth Hospitals
2017 Finalist Flanagan Art prize
2015 Finalist Flanagan Art Prize
Numerous private collections particularly across Melbourne and Perth, nationally and internationally. Prizes include Bank of Queensland Emerging Artist Award First Prize, Brighton 2010.
Bachelor of Arts Joint Honours First Class, Warwick University, UK (including one year at University of Florence)
Master of Arts, Warwick University UK
PhD, Warwick University UK


2016 ABC Radio Ballarat
2016 July Channel 9, Postcards
2016 July, Geelong Advertiser, ‘Waves of Creativity’
Art Nation, ABC, Feature Article, 2010
Various articles, including in Art Almanac, NGV Gallery Magazine, 3MBS The Score, The Bayside Leader, The Melbourne Weekly Bayside.

Stella paints in oils and acrylics, and has sold her work in regional and metropolitan galleries, in Melbourne and in Victoria. Stella's art practice includes landscape and figurative work. Recent paintings have contributed to her 'Elsewhere is an Island' landscape series, which is informed by our need and desire for immersion in the natural world. Further information is available on Stella's website (, or check into Stella's Facebook page 'Something From Nothing' at Stella is also a freelance writer on the arts. Enquiries to or call 0475521501.