Stan Stefaniak

Stan Stefaniak

  • Artist’s Statement

    Born in Sydney, Stan’s passion for painting maritime scenes stems from virtually a lifelong interest in shipping. The 1960s and early 1970s were years of fondly remembered countless ship visits after school in the port of Sydney, full of shipping activities with vessels belonging to numerous companies and countries of registry.

    From a very early age Stan developed a love of drawing and painting but it was his love of ships that inspired him to paint maritime subjects. Stan studied drawing and painting at the Ross Davis painting studio in Sydney where he had developed his understanding of the use of colour in painting. Ross’s mentors were the highly regarded Australian artists Lloyd Rees, Desiderius Orban and John Olsen.

    Stan explores colour relationships within his compositions and expressively uses colour to engage the
    viewer, elicit an emotion and to convey a story. Although Stan paints ships from yesteryear, he is interested in how the maritime story is constantly evolving and also paints modern cruise ships.
    Over the years Stan has had the opportunity to take many sea voyages ranging from the Norwegian Fjords to the East Coast of USA., Canada, Alaska, Bermuda, Asia and across the Pacific – all providing further inspiration for his painting. These aspects, a keen observation of ship design and careful research into actual shipping events, guide Stan in faithfully executing his marine paintings.
    Stan paints predominantly in oils and aims to interpret the classical maritime art style of yesteryear in a
    contemporary manner that conveys the history and spirit of shipping, as well as today’s maritime story. Stan paints all manner of vessels including current cruise ships that provide interesting opportunities to depict the continual innovations in naval architecture.
    Stan's marine paintings are included in private and corporate collections in Australia and the United Kingdom and Royal Caribbean Cruises International. Many of his paintings have been on display in the Member’s Lounge at the Australian National Maritime Museum and are featured on the covers of Australian maritime historian Peter Plowman’s books. Articles about Stan’s paintings have also been featured in several Cruise magazines. An image of his painting ‘First Convoy Departure, 1914’ was used by the Royal Australian Navy’s Centenary Commemorations in Albany, Western Australia.

  • Biography

    • studied under Ross Davis
    • lifelong interest in shipping
    • works in private, corporate collections in Australia, UK, cruise ships, displayed at the ANMM
    • featured in maritime books, magazines and the RAN

  • Exhibitions

     Fellow and previous President of the Australian Society of Marine Artists (ASMA) 2017 -2020
     Member of the Australian Society of Marine Artists for thirteen years
     Previously Hon. Secretary of the ASMA
     Associate Member of the Royal Art Society of NSW
     Stan has exhibited his paintings in Australia at the following venues:
    - Mosman Art Gallery, Mosman NSW
    - The ANL Mission to Seafarers Art Prize, Melbourne
    - Balmain Watch House Gallery, Balmain NSW
    - Australian National Maritime Museum Classic and Wooden Boat Festival
    - Royal Art Society of NSW Lavender Bay Gallery
    - Sydney Heritage Fleet Wharf 7 and on board the ‘James Craig’ Darling Harbour, Sydney
    - NSW State Parliament House Fountain Court Gallery
    - Queensland Maritime Museum, Brisbane QLD
    - Australian Wooden Boat Festival in Hobart
    - Newcastle Maritime Centre, Newcastle NSW
    - Lady Denman Gallery, Huskisson NSW
    - Manly Gallery, Manly NSW
    - Ocean Art Gallery, Victor Harbour South Australia
    - Gallery Lane Cove, Sydney
    - Gallery One88 Katoomba
    - Blackheath Art Society

Showing the single artwork

  • Stan Stefaniak

    North Head - a Classic Ferry
    Framed: 50 x 60 cm Oil on Linen on Board $960.00