When he was 23, Stefan Gevers left his home in the Netherlands to work in New Zealand for three months –and ended up moving to Australia for good. The modernist design traditions of his homeland can be traced in the minimal style of his watercolor paintings, while his carefully calibrated color schemes take their inspiration from road trips through the Australian landscape. Gevers began his latest series of large-scale work, for instance, after a trip to the Flinders Ranges in South Australia, an area where craggy, striated ridges coexist with lush foliage.
Gevers’ pieces have been exhibited widely in both Australia and Europe. In addition to watercolors, he’s created felt sculptures inspired by industrial forms and collaborated with like-minded designers to print his work on functional furniture and silk scarves. For nearly a decade, he’s also taught workshops in contemporary watercolor at his Melbourne studio.