Sally Stokes | Biography


“The river calls me, with its ever changing lights, its unpredictable streams of colour across its surface, the weather reflected in its long history in the trees the rocks and the changes they reflect. The mud flats, where the tides show their continuity and the underworld. The crab sounds,the fish jump, the birds fly and land.Splash! Another pattern to observe.Rain falls as I glide a canoe, a pattern of dots. Clouds cover the sun, water changes colour. A boat that passed ten minutes before leaves a track on the water.

Middens line the foreshore: people have lived and loved and died in this area for generations and generations. The patterns: in the water, in the varied shaped hills that line this river, the sky, in the trees and rocks within the hills. The textures of different trees, angophoras, banksias and rocks and grasses, and the ever moving skies all move me inside the experience and then beyond.” Sally Stokes


Elisabeth Cummings talk at Sally Stokes Opening: “It’s all about the colour”

It is a great pleasure to walk into this space and experience the vibrancy of Sally’s paintings. “It’s all about the colour”- Sally sees colour in a unique way in the landscapes she loves. She is a risk taker with colour- I delighted in the surprises- often she will juxtapose a jangle of colours against the open and quieter spaces. She finds the links between the large forms and the calligraphy that interrupts them. The paintings have many moods- they can be playful and light hearted- they can be more sombre and reflective. They are subtle and raw at the same time and each painting deserves one’s full attention. Fairweather said “Painting to me is quiet a mystery- I just work at it” and “Painting to me is something of a tightrope act, it is between representation and the other thing- whatever that is.” I’m sure Sally would agree with him. As Tony suggests- painting is a form of meditation and Sally has spent time in the landscapes that engage her meditating, sometimes through the many drawings she does and then again alone in the studio immersing herself in the translations of what she has seen. It is 10 years since Sally last showed in a gallery. She has been drawing and painting steadily over these 10 years and the paintings shown here are just a fraction of what she has produced. Thank you Tony for making this happen. May there be many more shows. These paintings lift the spirits. They are alive. Thank you Sally.

2017              Moods of the River, Bird’s Gallery, Melbourne

2015              A Sense of Place Depot Gallery 2 Danks St. Waterloo.

2014              Journey to the Interior Depot Gallery 2 Danks St. Waterloo.

2012            Lures of Landscape   Depot Gallery 2 Danks St. Waterloo.

2012            Smaller paintings                  Wattle cafe Blackheath.

2011            It’s all about the Colour Depot Gallery 2 Danks St. Waterloo.

2001            A Search for the Pattern   Robertson’s, Church Point.

2000            Pools and Ponds         James Harvey Gallery, Balmain.

1998            Reflections                  James Harvey Gallery Balmain.

1996            The Drawing Room   James Harvey Gallery Balmain.

1993            Connecting Passages Seymour Centre Gallery

1992            Lenny’s Dam and Marramarra James Harvey Gallery Balmain

1990            Exhibition of Paintings           Pelican Palace, Putney

1988            Four by Four              Sweet Jamaique Gallery Melbourne

1984            Mostly Hawkesbury James Harvey Gallery Newtown.



2016            A Social Landscape Depot Gallery Danks St. Waterloo.

2016            Drawn together, Painted apart Grace Cossington Smith Gallery

2016            Heat and Light Janet Clayton Gallery Paddington

2015            Within and Beyond Grace Cossington Smith Gallery, Wahroonga

2014              Estuarine Redfish Cafe Gallery, Brooklyn

2013              River Marks Edge Art Space, Brooklyn

2011            Assisi, International Contemporary art, 2011, citta di Assisi Italy 2001 Arcadian artists- a studio crawl in six locations.

2000            Galerie le Gue France

1999            Galerie le Gue Den Haag

1996            Provenance the Artist James Harvey Gallery Balmain

Landscape 8 Views James Harvey Gallery Balmain

1995            Arcadian artists and Artisans- a studio crawl

Trimmings James Harvey Gallery Balmain

A Joy for Ever James Harvey Gallery Balmain

1994            Arcadian artists and artisans- a studio crawl

1993            Arcadian artists and artisans – a studio crawl

1993            The Landscape Exhibition Cell Block National Art School, with

Madeleine Halliday, Elisabeth Cummings, Peter Godwin, David Collins, Clara Hali.

Celebrating Women’s Strength The Tin Sheds, Chippendale

1992            Not Quite Strictly Stockroom James Harvey Gallery Balmain

1984            Four Painters James Harvey Gallery Newtown





2011            Ginestrelle Assisi Italy


Hills Grammar Open Prize 1991, 1992 Painting 1994

Hawkesbury Purchase Prize 1983



2008 -5      Masters of Analytical Psychology University of Western Sydney with distinction.

1991-90      Ceramics Certificate Hornsby TAFE.

1979            Post Art Certificate East Sydney Technical College now NAS.

1978-75      Art Certificate Hornsby Technical College (now TAFE).

1976            Diploma of Education Sydney Teachers College (now Sydney University).

1974-72      Bachelor of arts (Fine Arts and English) Flinders University of South Australia.











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