“His subjects are rich, unique and evoke optimism. Regularly seen in an embrace, their hands open and welcoming like beaming flowers calling us in. Colour comes naturally to Zion, his palette a beautiful array of naïve combinations.” Beck Marshall, Paradiso Magazine
A familiar figure in his paint-spattered clothes, local artist Zion Levy Stewart’s next solo exhibition ‘Picasso Would Be Jealous’, opens at the Project Space, Byron School of Art, 112 Dalley Street, Mullumbimby on Friday 25th May at 6.00pm.
Now 39, Zion has been drawing and painting for almost 20 years. This prolific painter creates art every day and loves working with clay, painting and drawing. His distinctive style captures the people, objects, memories and magic that surround him in his colourful world. Zion’s acrylic paintings illuminate local scenes; his quirky portraits overlaid with sketches often depict his character’s gender details under their clothes. His ceramics are glazed earthenware, decorated with animals, birds and fish with brilliant underglaze colours.
Zion has been exhibiting over the past 10 years in local and interstate venues including numerous group shows with RED Inc. artists with disabilities, plus a solo exhibition. He has had commissions for portraits and ceramics, and his work is held in private art collections in the US, UK and Australia.
An award-winning short film ‘The Fine Art of Being Zion’ is currently screening on ABC IView and Virgin Travel.