2019 Darkroom Dinner Auction Items
Untitled (detail) 1995
ink-jet print 28.2 x 83.5 cm
courtesy of the artist
donated by Gael Newton AM
estimate: $500 – $1000
Wesley Stacey (1941– ) is an important Australian photographer. He studied drawing and design at East Sydney Technical College before working as a graphic designer and photographer in Sydney and London in the early 1960s. In the late 1960s he worked as a magazine photographer in Sydney and from 1969–75 he worked as a freelance commercial photographer. He often used a Kodak Instamatic camera during the seventies, making series of informal images of his friends and recording his environment. In 1973 Stacey helped establish the Australian Centre for Photography.
Stacey’s work was included in !Eureka! Artists from Australia at the Serpentine Gallery, London in 1982 and Australian Perspecta at the Art Gallery of New South Wales in 1983. A retrospective of his work was held at the National Gallery of Australia in 1991. In 1992 he was awarded one of the newly established Australia Council Creative Arts Fellowships. Stacey’s work is included in public collections in Australia, including the National Gallery of Australia, National Gallery of Victoria and Art Gallery of NSW. Stacey continues to work from a base on the south coast of New South Wales.
Stacey is an MGA Collection artist and had a solo exhibition at MGA in 2017 Wesley Stacey: The wild thing.