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Dr Stephen Little

Head of Painting

BA Visual Arts (Nepean CAE), Grad Dip Visual Arts, MVA (Sydney), PhD (Lond.)
+612 9339 8744

Dr Stephen Little is an artist and educator and he has taught progressive, creative higher education courses since the early 1990s. Prior to his current role as Head of Painting with Australia’s National Art School he has held lecturing posts at a range of other creative arts institutions. These have included Goldsmiths College in London, Sydney College of the Arts (University of Sydney), the University of Western Sydney (Nepean), the Australian Catholic University and Penrith College of TAFE.

Aside from academic posts Stephen has spent many years working in different capacities with a range of galleries in Australia and overseas. These have included, but are not limited to, the Museum of Contemporary Art (Sydney), the Alan Cristea Gallery (London), White Cube (London), and the Lisson Gallery (London) where he held the position of Technical Manager for five years.

The wealth of accrued experience that he now brings to his current post, in conjunction with his arts practice and his professional associations across a range of educational institutions, has provided him with a valuable and varied set of competencies that draw on theory, practice based research, and first hand experience with some of the art industry’s most reputable galleries and international art organisations.


Areas of Specialisation:

Stephen’s studio work draws on a range of different media as a means to extend current discourses on the limits of the ‘paintable’. In his PhD thesis Painting in Transit: Inter-domain transfer and material reformation, he investigated alternative perceptual models, materials, and modes of presentation to those traditionally used in the classification of painting. Stephen locates ‘painting’ today as being no longer wholly definable in relation to its former material tradition, but as existing within a range of material exchanges and perceptual associations that ultimately generate their own variations, relationships and internal logics.


Subjects and Courses Taught: 

PAI100 Painting Introduction 1
PAI120 Painting Studio Elective 1
PAI200 Painting Studio Major 2
STS200 Painting Studio Seminar 2
PAI300 Painting Studio Major 3
PRS300 Professional Studies / Painting Studio Seminar 3
MFA Supervision

Office location: Building 5, National Art School
Phone: +612 9339 8744
Email: enquiries@nas.edu.au