Stephen Little is a contemporary artist whose practice explores alternatives to traditional models and orthodoxies commonly employed in the classification of painting.Instead of relying on pictorial traditions or painterly conventions to dictate outcomes Little highlights painting’s potential by reworking it through other media. Having side-stepped traditional materials and methodologies Little draws on everyday objects, materials and associations to deliberate on painting today.
Little has exhibited extensively both nationally and internationally. Recent presentations of his work include Backside Front William Wright // Artists, Sydney (2014); 20/200 Sarah Cottier Gallery, Sydney (2014); Hal Project, Space Mass, Seoul, Korea (2013); Test Pattern University Art gallery, University of Sydney (2013); Inside Out William Wright // Artists, Sydney (2012); Redlands Westpac Art Prize National Art School Gallery, Sydney (2012); Test Pattern Margaret Lawrence Gallery, Victorian College of the Arts, University of Melbourne (2012); Painting in Transit Goldsmiths College, University of London (2010); Absorption (initiated through ‘One & Other’ - Antony Gormley’s ‘Fourth Plinth’ project) Trafalgar Square, London (2009).
In January of 2004 one of his art works was left on the surface of Mars with the NASA Mars rovers, making history as the first work of art to be left on another planet.
Little received his Bachelor of Visual Arts from Nepean College of Advanced Education, a Graduate Diploma of Visual Arts, and Master of Visual Arts from Sydney College of the Arts, University of Sydney, and a Research Doctorate (PhD) from Goldsmiths College, University of London.
Little is currently Head of Painting at Australia’s National Art School in Sydney.