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Stephen A. Jesic was born in 1951 in Albury, New South Wales, Australia. Although showing artistic talent from his youth, Stephen was thwarted in his ambitions to be a painter as his traditional European parents felt it inappropriate as a serious career. He first undertook an apprenticeship in Instrument Making and Repairing from 1969 to 1974, followed by further training from 1974 to 1983, eventually becoming an Electronic Service Engineer and a Product Specialist. As an Engineer he worked in the fields of Industrial, Bio-Research, and Bio-Medical Instrumentation.

In those years Stephen began private study in painting, working successively with three professional artists between the years 1970 and 1982 while refining his interest in the observation of landscape, fauna, and flora. 1983 was a major turning point in his life as he was then able to devote himself full-time to painting. Now, more than twenty years later, he has exhibited his work extensively in his native Australia and become celebrated not only for his extraordinary depictions of wildlife, but for his phenomenal technique in bringing animals to life.

While his early work was in oils, beginning around 1984 Stephen began experimenting with acrylic media. His scientific background enabled him to develop innovative techniques in their use, allowing him to render the finest detail, while at the same time suggesting an atmospheric setting for his subjects. He has lectured and written about his acrylic painting techniques, which have been featured in such prominent magazines as Australian Artist Magazine and The Artist's Palette.

A second turning point in his career occurred in 1990 when he entered his first major acrylic conservation-based painting, Rosella's Revenge, in the $50,000 "Wildlife Art Prize" competition sponsored by James Hardie Industries. The painting was selected as a finalist and included in the national tour of the exhibition. The focus of Stephen's painting soon became the link between conservation and the preservation of endangered species and since that time he has concentrated solely on the depiction of wildlife. Like the great naturalists-artists of the past, Stephen studies his subjects intensely, and his paintings are as much individual portraits as they are scientific representations of the species seen in their ever-decreasing native habitats.

His extraordinary acrylic painting technique and recent depictions of parrots and macaws has drawn the attention of the Australian fine art materials company Matisse Derivan, the producer of the acrylic paints that Stephen exclusively uses. They now feature his techniques on their bi-monthly internet newsletter and are using his images of exotic macaws in the packaging of their Primary Colour Set of Structure Formula Acrylics and Mediums, soon to be released in the United States.


 
Support for Conservation:
CONTRIBUTIONS TO CONSERVATION SELECTED BY PRIORITY OF NEED
 
Special Achievements:
  • 2011 - SOCIETY OF ANIMAL ARTISTS 51st ANNUAL EXHIBITION
    THE ELEPHANT PAINTING TITLED " THE MATRIARCH " HAS BEEN SELECTED FOR THE 51st ANNUAL EXHIBITION OF THE SOCIETY OF ANIMAL ARTISTS, TO BE DISPLAYED FROM SEPTEMBER 17 THROUGH DECEMBER 31, 2011 AT THE DENNOS MUSEUM CENTER IN TRAVERSE CITY, MICHIGAN.
     
  • 2010 - THE ART FOR CONSERVATION EXHIBITION
    http://www.natureartists.com
    The Meerkat painting titled " 5 O'Clock Itch " was selected for the Artist for Conservations 2010 annual exhibition.
     
  • 2006 - THE FALL ANTIQUES & FINE ART FAIR, THE AUDITORIUM @ ST.PAUL THE APOSTLE, Columbus Avenue & 60th Street, New York City. October 5th to 9th 2006. Represented by Robert Simon Fine Art

     
  • 2005 - Palm Beach Jewelry & Antique Show, Feb. 18 – 22, 2005. Palm Beach, Florida, USA. Represented by Robert Simon Fine Art

     
  • 2005 - Connoisseur’s Antiques Fair, Gramercy Park Armory, New York, NY. November 2005. Represented by Robert Simon Fine Art

     
  • 1997 - Pacific Rim Wildlife Art Show, 10th Anniversary, September 26-28, 1997 Seattle, Washington, USA.
    FIRST AUSTRALIAN ARTIST TO BE JURIED INTO THE SHOW
     
  • 1996 - Solo Exhibition, 7th December - 24th December, 1996. Downs Gallery, Toowoomba, Queensland.

     
  • 1995 - April 1995, commissioned by Australia Post to design four stamps. Designs based on : THE NATURE OF AUSTRALIA.

     
  • 1994 - " Queensland Wildlife Artist Society " Annual Exhibition, November 4 - November 20th. Queensland Museum, Southbank, Brisbane.

     
  • 1993 -  " Queensland Wildlife Artist Society "Annual Exhibition, October 13 - October 30th. Queensland Museum, Southbank, Brisbane.

     
  • 1993 - "Masters Works Exhibition" by Leading Australian Artists. September 26 - 28th, 1993. Grand Mariner Sub - Penthouses, Paradise Waters, Queensland. Exhibition by B.C.Fine Art, Labrador, Queensland.

     
  • 1992 -  " Queensland Wildlife Artist Society " Annual Exhibition, October 18 - November 1st. Queensland Museum, Southbank, Brisbane.

     
  • 1991 - Finalist, " James Hardie Wildlife Art Prize " - National Touring Exhibition

     
  • 1991 - Highly Commended- " Chroma Acrylics National Art Competition "

     
  • 1990 - ACTA Maritime Art Awards - National Touring Exhibition.

     
Collections:

  • Private collections in the United States of America, Japan, Europe and Australia; Bank of Queensland.
     
Publications:
  • STEPHEN JESIC'S MACAWS (2006)
    More about STEPHEN JESIC'S MACAWS
     - Internet Newsletter Archives JANUARY / FEBRUARY 2006
    STEPHEN JESIC’S MACAWS

    Author: MICHELLE ROBERTS
    Published by: MATISSE DERIVAN
     
  • MASTER OF INTRICACY (2006)
     - Artist’s Palette, No. 41, March / April 2006,
    “ The Master of Intricacy “ , pages 20 – 23 ,
    “ King Parrots Fortress “, pages 24 – 26

    Author: TREVOR LANG
    Published by: ARTIST PALETTE MAGAZINE
     
  • ARTIST SECRETS (2005)
    More about ARTIST SECRETS
     -  Internet Newsletter Archives JULY / AUGUST 2005
    ARTIST SECRETS – STEPHEN JESIC, ARTIST PROFILE - STEPHEN JESIC

    Published by: MATISSE DERIVAN
     
  • ARTIST PROFILES for 2003 (2003)
     - Wildlife Art Magazine, November / December issue, 2003, page 65. “ ARTIST PROFILES for 2004 “
    Published by: WILDLIFE ART MAGAZINE
     
  • 10 ANNIVERSARY CELEBRATION (1997)
     - U.S. Art Magazine, September 1997 supplementary lift out issue, 10th Anniversary Celebration, 1997 Pacific Rim Wildlife Art Show.
    Published by: US ART MAGAZINE
     
  • COLOUR WHEEL OR COLOUR FARCE (1994)
     - Australian Artist Magazine No. 124, October 1994. " Colour Wheel or Colour Farce ". Pages 50 to 58 inclusive.
    Author: STEPHEN A JESIC
    Published by: AUSTRALIAN ARTIST MAGAZINE
     
  • FATE OR COINCIDENCE (1994)
     - Queensland Homes Magazine, Volume 9, No 38, November - December issue,1994. "Fate or Coincidence", pages 6-8 inclusive.
    Author: STEPHEN A JESIC
    Published by: QUEENSLAND HOMES MAGAZINE
     
  • CORRECTION FLIUD (1993)
     - Australian Artist Magazine No. 112, October 1993. " Correction Fluid ". Pages 18 to 24 inclusive.
    Author: STEPHEN A JESIC
    Published by: AUSTRALIAN ARTIST MAGAZINE
     
  • SO YOU WANT TO PAINT ON COMMISSION (1992)
     - Australian Artist Magazine No. 100, October 1992. " So You Want to Paint on Commission ?".Pages 26 to 35 inclusive.
    Author: STEPHEN A JESIC
    Published by: AUSTRALIAN ARTIST MAGAZINE
     
  • PAINTING FOR A PURPOSE (1991)
     - Australian Artist Magazine, No. 85, July 1991. " Painting For a Purpose " - The James Hardie Wildlife Art Prize, pages 28 to 33 inclusive.
    Author: STEPHEN A JESIC
    Published by: AUSTRALIAN ARTIST MAGAZINE
     
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