SAMSTAG ALUMNI 1999

Stephen Bram
Born 1961, Melbourne, Victoria

At the beginning of the decade, Stephen Bram gained national recognition for his participation in reintroducing early European modernist theories of composition into the international chatter about the reresuscitation of abstract painting. Now aligned with a savvy Amsterdam community of "abstract/conceptual" artists who think past canvas as surface and beyond lines as demarcations of space, Bram excavates architectural environs by applying paint directly to walls. He lets pigment and perspective open up composition, pushing for deliberate architectural and painterly illusion, intending walls and rooms to fly off into one another.

The famous Dutch artist Mondrian is said to have meditated for hours on his grids to arrive at his metaphysical program of NeoPlasticism; Bram brings us up to date on the architectural guidelines of altered states.

M.A. Greensteinfrom her Samstag catalogue essay, Back to the Future  From Wry to Rave
 
1999 Anne & Gordon Samstag International Visual Arts Scholarship
1999 Graduate Program, Akademie der Bildenden Knste, Munich, Germany 
1996 Master of Arts (Research), Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology, Melbourne 
1987 Graduate Diploma in Fine Art, Victorian College of the Arts, Melbourne  
1985 Bachelor of Art, Chisholm Institute of Technology, Melbourne