Ones to Watch: Stacey Evangelou

Outstanding artists to have on your radar right now.

Stacey Evangelou is a Sydney-based artist who, following a career in interior design, began to pursue drawing. She recently transitioned to a full-time art practice and is now best known for her hyper-realistic, monochromatic portraits.

Primarily producing works of portraiture and still-life, Stacey uses graphite and charcoal to adeptly capture the raw emotion of her subjects. The powerful resulting artworks explore the human condition and seek to establish in the viewer an emotional connection with the subjects.

In 2019, Stacey was selected as a finalist in the Shirley Hannan National Portrait Award, as well as The Lester Prize – Western Australia’s premier portrait prize. In 2020, she won the inaugural Minderoo Foundation Spirit Prize for her depiction of Wiradjuri/Wolgalu man Joe Williams, titled Warrior by Spirit. Reflecting her deep respect for First Nations culture, the win cemented Stacey’s status as one of the nation’s most talented up-and-coming portraitists.

Featured image: Stacey Evangelou, Joe Williams – Warrior by Spirit. Charcoal and graphite on paper, 42 x 50cm. Courtesy: the artist.

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