About the Artist

Great Ocean Road 2017

Steve Sedgwick has been looking at art all his life.

A Diploma in Fine Art at Ballarat CAE established a love of drawing, painting and printmaking. Early investigations after art school saw him living and painting along the south-east coast of Australia. This culminated in Three and The Sea, at the groundbreaking alternative art space ROAR galleries in Fitzroy in 1986.

A fascination with the landscape shaped by the Werribee river informed the work exhibited in Gorge at Katsui Studios in 1991, and Landmarks in 1992 was inspired by the landscape across the Western district. Common Ground at the Horsham Art Gallery presented works by Steve and his father Laurie Sedgwick, an established potter and significant mentor.

In Sea and Land at Made Gallery Daylesford (2014) his work reflected on the relationship between water, earth and sky, and Painted Land (at the Lost Ones gallery in Ballarat) opened the floodgates of memory from his engagement with the landscape as both an observer and as an active participant.

Responses from the audience to the show have been deep and personal. This confirms his belief that Australians have a fundamental connection with the landscape that surpasses specific locations. People identify with passages of colour, with suggestive forms, with titles that speak of time and place.