Graeme Stevenson was born June 29th, 1958, in New South Wales, Australia. At a young age Graeme had a tremendous fascination with the world around him, and from this he began painting and studying animals. He began breeding Australian Parrots, and in his teen years took up the ancient sport of falconry. As his interest in art began to grow, he used the birds that surrounded him - his pets - as subjects for his paintings.
After obtaining his pilots license, he began to explore the vast areas of Australia, photographing, sketching, and eventually painting the exotic animals of this land. His reputation as an artist began to grow and his one-man and two-man exhibitions were greatly successful. Graeme then began travelling to other parts of the world to study his subjects and to display his work. Africa, India, Malaysia, Indonesia, Japan, Europe, U.K., U.S.A., Mexico, Canada, Alaska, the Middle East and Pacific Islands were some of the places to which he ventured, receiving offers from publishers who produced his works in limited edition.
In 1988 he was commissioned to produce all of the paintings for the book 'The Atlas of Parrots', one of the largest editions of its size in the world. This Book is displayed in the New York, Paris and London Natural History Museums. Graeme eventually decided to turn his imagination and his art ability in a new direction. Now living in both Australia and the United States, he is able to study the many varied animals of America and to produce a series of paintings that enable him to explore different ideas and to present work that also has the ability to tell a story of the subjects that he paints.
- Original Air Date: Friday, 19 December 2014
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