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Journal 8 Artist Research William Stoher

Again I came across the work of William Stoher accidently while trawling Facebook. I instantly connected with these women. I was able to fill in the gaps and give each one a story.

Artist Statement

Starting with a vague or elusive expression and an uncertain context, I hope to provoke viewers into visually completing my portraits with their own more complete and ideal mental image and to then create the narrative based on their own experience and feelings.

We are attracted to faces – it is our nature. If I fill the canvas with a big face then there is little room for external leading context. I think that the large size and closely cropped image creates an elevated sense of intimacy.  Searching for meaning, viewers may turn inward to create a subjective reality.

If I engage you with eyes then I can also start to do other things peripherally with line and color. I can color outside of the lines and your mind will resolve it. Vague and scribbled outlines and graphic vectors become part of a recognizable whole while a hint of “unreal” complimentary and equal value color causes the eyes to seem life-like. I experiment with the amount and type of information required to evoke an image and to find those characteristics that cause the viewer to emotionally respond to the portrait.

All of my paintings start with a live model and then I work from reference photographs.  I have developed a practice of deliberately reacting to less than controlled and/or accidental incidences.

I use a limited pallet of acrylic paint. I vary the coverage, spraying varnish between layers and then scrubbing, scraping, scratching or sanding the surface while applying a variety of marks – strokes, dots and other adjustments.  I try not to differentiate between my drawing and painting.

These paintings tend to be layers of fresh starts. I believe I might have a finished face one day but soon I brush, flow or spill paint all over the surface, leaving traces – a template to guide the next iteration.

It seems that whenever I think I have a new idea I find someone who did it, sometimes, centuries ago. I am not interested in imitation. I am interested in continuing their inquiries. I consider myself to be a traditional artist in search of ways to build on the past. In the end I am attempting to facilitate alternative emotional experiences through the use of changing and alternate points of view, engaging gaze, uncertain context, elusive emotion and naturalistic cues.

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Journal 5 Artist Research Guy Denning

Denning’s work is dramatic and has strong Chiaroscuro (English pronunciation: /kiˌɑːrəˈskjʊəroʊ/; Italian: [kjarosˈkuːro]; Italian for light-dark) in art is the use of strong contrasts between light and dark, usually bold contrasts affecting a whole composition.

Journal 4 Preparatory Sketches in the style of Guy Denning

I decided to investigate emulating Denning’s style using a smooth black card background with Faber Castell white pastel and compressed charcoal. After consideration of the loose flowing lines within his work I have decided to invest in some pastel pencils for the second year of my MA. DSC_0318Certain aspects of the white line in Dennings drawings are tight and accurate and are in contrast to the loose flow of the charcoal/pastel. I feel these would be better achieved with a more pointed medium.

Journal 3 Preparatory Sketches in the style of Guy Denning

I was advised by my tutor Iwan Bala to create some loose large scale preparatory sketches prior to starting my portraits. For these I used  Faber Castell white pastel and compressed charcoal blocks on good quality cartridge paper. I tried several different techniques. I focused on the planes in some drawing and in others on the line. More practise is required using this technique. I need to develop accuracy when drawing the initial outline.

Journal 2 Artist Research Guy Denning

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Notable solo exhibitions

  • 2014 ‘The Party Is Over’ Gallery Brugier-Rigail, Paris, France
  • 2013 ‘5 ans en France’ Raison d’Art, Lille, France
  • 2012 ‘Dante’s Paradiso’ Signal Gallery, London, UK [9]
  • 2011 ‘Dante’s Purgatorio’ Brooklynite Gallery, Manhattan, New York, US
  • 2011 ‘Dante’s Inferno’ MAGI’900, Bologna, Italy
  • 2010 ‘Behemoth’ Red Propeller Gallery/The Crypt Gallery, St Martin in the Fields, London, UK [3]
  • 2009 ‘Celebrity Will Eat Itself’ Carmichael Gallery, Los Angeles, US
  • 2008 ‘Ad Nausea’ Signal Gallery, London, UK
  • 2008 ‘Pharmaceutical Bestiary’, Red Propeller Gallery/Vyner Street Gallery, London, UK
  • 2008 ‘Same Shit, Different Day’, Red Propeller Gallery/East West Gallery, Notting Hill, London, UK
  • 2007 ‘5/11’ Red Propeller Gallery, Kingsbridge, UK
  • 2005 ‘twelve new paintings’, Tobacco Factory, Bristol, UK
  • 2003 ‘Pride in the House’, Lauderdale House, Highgate, London, UK
  • 2002 ‘Concrete Arts’, Bristol, UK
  • 2001 ‘the neo-modern explanation’, the cube cinema, Bristol, UK

Journal 1 Artist Research Guy Denning

I came across Guy Dennings work accidently on my Facebook page and felt an immediate connection. The subject matter of angels and the use of text within the image linked with aspects of my previous work. The colour palette also felt familiar and I could feel myself drawn to the style. I decided to investigate further

Biography

Guy Denning was born in North Somerset in 1965. He has been obsessed with visual art since childhood and started painting in oils at the age of eleven after receiving a set of old paints from a relative that had grown bored with them.
Through the 1980s he was repeatedly unsuccessful in his applications to study painting at degree level but continued painting whilst studying art history with the Open University and learning painting technique from older painters he knew in the west of England.
From 1992, he exhibited across Britain. Since 2007 he has also exhibited in the United States of America, Germany, Italy and France. His paintings have been shown in numerous solo and mixed exhibitions. Notable solo shows include ‘Purgatorio’ at Brooklynite Gallery New York, ‘Inferno’ at MAGI’900 Bologna and ‘Behemoth’ at St Martin in the Fields London. His work is held in several public collections, including the Politics Department of Bristol University, the Political Science Department at Galway University and the MAGI’900 Museum of Contemporary Art, Bologna.
He has also been invited to work on a variety of community urban art projects and has developed a distinctive style that builds images from drawing and stencilled text.
In 2007 he moved to Finistere in France where he continues to work towards future exhibitions.

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