Stephen Bram

Born Mel­bourne, Aus­tralia 1961, lives and works in Mel­bourne

Stephen Bram is known for his paint­ings, large-scale wall draw­ings and three-dimen­­sion­al, room-size instal­la­tions, which have been exe­cut­ed in gal­leries and muse­ums around the world. He was one of a small group of artists who estab­lished Store 5 in 1989, an artist-run exhi­bi­tion space in Mel­bourne, which rein­vig­o­rat­ed abstract paint­ing in Australia.

Bram’s work engages per­spec­tive and archi­tec­ture, con­struct­ing spaces where hard-edged abstract shapes col­lide. His paint­ings reveal the flat­ness of the can­vas and at the same time its poten­tial to cre­ate spa­tial depth. The artist is engaged in a deep and long-last­ing con­ver­sa­tion regard­ing abstrac­tion, illu­sion, rep­re­sen­ta­tion, ide­al­ism, archi­tec­ture, mod­ernism and postmodernism.

Bram’s works are in impor­tant pub­lic and cor­po­rate col­lec­tions includ­ing, the Art Gallery of New South Wales, Syd­ney; Muse­um of Con­tem­po­rary Art Aus­tralia, Syd­ney; Daim­ler­ Col­lec­tion, Berlin; B.H.P., Mel­bourne; Monash Uni­ver­si­ty, Mel­bourne; Uni­ver­si­ty of Queens­land, Bris­bane; Queens­land Art Gallery/​Gallery of Mod­ern Art, Bris­bane; Roy­al Mel­bourne Insti­tute of Tech­nol­o­gy; and Nation­al Gallery of Vic­to­ria, Melbourne.

- Anna Schwartz Gallery