Honoring His Global Reach

Graeme Stevenson, talons ink, gouache, watercolor on paper © Graeme Stevenson 2017

It always comes with great excitement to report on great artists receiving well-deserved honors. Recent news from Australia has us buzzing. Why?

On January 26, 2017, Australian artist Graeme Stevenson, known for his colorful watercolors of wildlife, received an incredible honor: the Order of Australia Medal, or OAM. Stevenson was chosen this year for his outstanding contributions to the Australian and global art community. In particular, Stevenson’s project entitled “Put Some Colour in Your Life,” a film series featuring talented artists of Australia and presented worldwide, has achieved great success.

Via the press release: “Beginning on the Gold Coast in 2010, Graeme created ‘Put Some Colour in Your Life’ with the hopes of creating a video library of the artists of the world, to preserve for future generations. His efforts have not only led to the television series creating more than 200 episodes, while travelling from Australia to New Zealand and the United States, but have now been recognized nationally with his receiving of the OAM.

“Stevenson has spent the past six years working tirelessly to get the television series across the globe, partnering with companies such as Princeton Artist Brush Co. and Royal Talens and a number of other major art brands across the world, to film incredible artists from Australia to New Zealand and the United States. With new film crews coming on board in the USA, UK, Canada, India and a number of European countries, ‘Put Some Colour in Your Life’ promises to become one of the biggest names in the global artistic community.

“An artist from the age of twelve, Stevenson has spent his life travelling the world with a paintbrush in hand. As some of the great artists he’d admired all his career began to pass, he realized it was time for a means of preserving their incredible talents and legacy so future generations might one day learn from masters of the arts.”

We congratulate Stevenson on his well-deserved award!

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Andrew Webster is the former Editor of Fine Art Today and worked as an editorial and creative marketing assistant for Streamline Publishing. Andrew graduated from The University of North Carolina at Asheville with a B.A. in Art History and Ceramics. He then moved on to the University of Oregon, where he completed an M.A. in Art History. Studying under scholar Kathleen Nicholson, he completed a thesis project that investigated the peculiar practice of embedded self-portraiture within Christian imagery during the 15th and early 16th centuries in Italy.


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