Newspaper article The Chronicle (Toowoomba, Australia)

Love Becomes Living for Artist with a Future; Downlands Education Inspires Grant to Draw on Knowledge

Newspaper article The Chronicle (Toowoomba, Australia)

Love Becomes Living for Artist with a Future; Downlands Education Inspires Grant to Draw on Knowledge

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Byline: Maree Butterworth maree.butterworth @thechronicle.com.au

TURNING a passion into a career is something former Toowoomba artists and musicians are doing successfully internationally.

Grant Stevens is no exception and has used art as his ticket to the world.

In a compliment to his hard work, Mr Stevens was last year awarded a Qantas Spirit of Youth Award for visual arts.

It was thanks to his schoolteachers that good foundations were laid before he decided to study visual arts at university.

"I think we were lucky to be exposed to the work of contemporary Australian artists at high school, rather than just a conventional Euro-American art history.

"Studying artists like Mike Parr, Gordon Bennett and Judy Watson early on helped me realise that art is more complicated than producing nice-looking things," he said.

Mr Stevens said his art and English teachers at school gave him the background of how he approached art, teaching him about critical analysis, narrative and writing which shaped how he thought about art in future years.

Mr Stevens, who predominantly works on video art, said a career highlight was having a show at Brisbane's Institute of Modern Art. …

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