Born Melbourne, Australia 1959
Persson’s works combine his interest in the visual languages of science and popular culture. This work refers to a period where the artist undertook a hospital residency, and explored medical imagery and concerns of the body and disease. The notion of mortality has been an important theme and point of exploration for the artist.
A characteristic feature in Persson’s works is the white calligraphic line which breaks through areas of darkness, and can be interpreted as symbolising movement and hope.
Since 1983, Persson has been included in numerous significant group and solo exhibitions including Backmasking: The art of Stieg Persson, Glen Eira City Council Gallery and touring (2001–02); A Short Ride in a Fast Machine, Gertrude Contemporary Art (2005); Heavenly Creatures, Heide Museum of Modern Art, Melbourne (2005); Backlash, National Gallery of Victoria (1987); Field to Figuration, National Gallery of Victoria (1987); The Young Australians, National Gallery of Victoria (1987) and Australian Bicentennial Perspecta, Art Gallery of New South Wales (1987).
Examples of Persson’s work are held in prominent collections throughout Australia including the National Gallery of Australia, National Gallery of Victoria, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Art Gallery of Western Australia, Museum of Contemporary Art, Sydney and the Metropolitan Museum, New York.