Johansen Wines

  • Stephen King, 'Soil Test V', Snowy Valleys Sculpture Trail, Johansen Wines. Photo John Riddell

Stephen King (Walcha, NSW)


Location:  Johansen Wines, Tumbarumba.


Statement: All my work centres around human endeavour and the human spirit. The wood for my sculpture grows on our farm near Walcha.

Biography: Stephen King is an artist of national significance who works across sculpture, printmaking and painting from his family property in Walcha, NSW.

Inspired by nature and his life as a grazier, he is fascinated by our relationship with the environment; genetics and the continuum of life; and the impact of climate change. King studied at Sydney College of the Arts and, after graduating, moved to London to study printmaking at St Martin’s School of Arts.

King has exhibited extensively in commercial and regional galleries within Australia and internationally since 1979. He has created an enormous body of work for public and private commissions and represented Australia at the Inami Wood Carving Symposium in 2007.

In 2020, King received the Helen Lempriere Scholarship to exhibit at Sculpture by the Sea, Bondi, which was postponed to 2022. His participation at the next Sculpture by the Sea, Bondi 2022 will see him join the Double Decade Club, just the third artist to have exhibited at Sculpture by the Sea, Bondi 20 times or more. In 2013, he received the major award at Sculpture by the Sea, Bondi for his work, ‘Fallout’, which was gifted for permanent public placement in Headland Park at Georges Heights.

Stage one of the Snowy Valleys Sculpture Trail was jointly funded by the Australian and NSW Government’s Bushfire Local Economic Recovery Fund, under the Disaster Recovery Funding Arrangements.