Stan Stefaniak FASMA – Marine Artist
Born in Sydney, Stan’s passion for painting maritime scenes stems from virtually a lifelong interest in shipping. The 1960’s and early 1970’s 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’s enrolment in art classes at the Ross Davis painting studio in Sydney for a few years had developed his understanding of the use of colour which he expressively uses in his paintings.
Stan is a Fellow Member of the Australian Society of Marine Artists. Painting predominantly in oils Stan aims to interpret the traditional maritime art style, popular in the 19th and earlier part of 20th centuries, by portraying any ship in an expressive context, believing that the whole painting ought to capture a mood and to convey a story. Stan’s individual approach and use of colour conveys the story and spirit of Australian, migrant and current shipping in Australia and elsewhere.
Over the years, Stan has had the opportunity to take sea voyages ranging from the Norwegian Fjords to East Coast of U.S.A., Bermuda, Asia, Alaska and the Pacific – all providing further inspiration for painting. These aspects, a keen observation of ship design and careful research into actual shipping events, guide Stan in faithfully executing his painting of ships.
Several of Stan’s paintings have been used to illustrate covers for books about Australian and New Zealand shipping written by the well known maritime historian Peter Plowman. His paintings are included in private collections in Australia and the United Kingdom, Royal Caribbean International Cruise Line, as well as on display in the Member’s Lounge at the Australian National Maritime Museum. Prints of his paintings have been sold through the shop at the Australian National Maritime Museum in Sydney and at the Maritime Centre, Newcastle. Feature articles about his paintings have been published in the Australian ‘Go Boating’ magazine and several issues of World Wide Cruising magazine.
Stan Stefaniak FASMA
P.O. Box 1241
ROZELLE NSW 2039
Phone: +61 2 4757 2218
Mobile 0406 611 752