“I make pictures and music .
Both seem to come from the same place, wherever that is “
Stephen Fearnley by Jill Bennett
Stephen Fearnley studied for his Diploma in Fine Arts at Alexander Mackie CAE, finishing in 1982.
With his class mate Stephen Harrop he began putting pictures to “pre-existing sound” such as old radio plays and in this way producing short films using Super 8.
One of the major works produced at this point was their Down Diablo Way (1982).
He showed Super 8 works in the 2nd and 3rd Super 8 Film Festivals (1981 & 1982, respectively). Theses were All for that Wondrous Point in Time (1981) and Down Diablo Way (1982).
He was a member of the Super 8 Film Group and later joined together with Michael Hutak, Stephen Harrop, Andrew Frost, Mark Titmarsh and others to work under the name Metaphysical TV.
Together with Stephen Harrop and Andrew Traucki he wrote, produced and directed Rocky Star (1991-92), a sci fi series for TV that was shown on the BBC and SBS in Australia.
It won a Golden and Silver Hugo at the Chicago international film festival.
Since then he has had a multi-faceted arts career, holding numerous positions in the arts industry including work as an art consultant, film producer and director, composer and performer as well as an exhibiting artist.
Fearnley has held numerous group exhibitions including Light and Plane at the King Street Studios in 1987 and Pieces of Eight: Photographs and Paintings at the Bondi Pavilion in 1990.
During the later 1980s and the 1990s he traveled extensively in Asia and Europe.
From 1995 –2013 with Celeste Coucke , Stephen has produced and illustrated the Sydney Morning Herald Cole Classic rough water swim trophies . In 1998 he illustrated Bryce Courtenay’s book “ the Night Country.“
In the early 2000’s he won a federal training award for implementing art-based courses and produced the band Juicy Mountain in collaboration with Felipe Rodriquez from IF media [Inside Film magazine].
He currently works from his home Cloud Farm Studios in the Southern Highlands, NSW, where he makes pictures and music ; teaches digital media and sound design for film and recently won the Goulburn Regional Art Award in 2012 and highly commended prize Mandorla Art Award 2014 for his large digital photo images.
In 2013 Stephen collaborated with filmmaker Tony Williams providing compositions for his feature “ A Place called Robertson” and the John Olson documentary “The King Sun” 2014. The score was provided by Peter Sculthorpe and Stephen Fearnley’s piano piece “Rainmaker”
In 2016 Stephen completed with partner Celeste Coucke the Lives on the Line project. On Sunday 24 April, Transport Heritage NSW and Sydney Trains unveiled a new commemorative artwork installation at the Trainworks Railway Museum to remember the 8,447 NSW railwaymen who enlisted in the AIF during World War 1 (represented in the artwork by a handmade stoneware object, created by thousands of members of the public using press moulds ) This video details the project’s background through to completion as well as this blog link by Celeste Coucke.