Angela Stewart has pursued an interest in portraiture for more than three decades, leading her to study the history of portraiture and its contemporary practice in both her Masters and Doctorate at Curtin University, Western Australia.
Stewart’s paintings and drawings often make stylistic and thematic reference to Renaissance art and historical portraiture. A recent body of her work used oval and circular frames to closely examine the traditional treatment of elements such as landscape and costume, and how these can conspire to aid the construction of identity in paint. The notion of ‘artistic doubt’ has had an influence on Stewart’s more recent oeuvre. Over time, the rendering of her line and brushwork has dissolved to increasingly reveal materiality and process. Stewart has exhibited extensively throughout Australia as well as internationally and has been acquired by a long list of private and public collections.