Stephen Frew is an Ottawa-based artist. He works in a variety of media including watercolor, acrylics, oils, mixed media, intaglio, india inks, etc. His work focuses on portraiture and figurative pieces. He has been influenced by Francis Bacon's use of darkness, color, and abstraction of the figure, Lucien Freud's brushwork and examination of figure, and Egon Schiele's line, color, distortion and examination of self.
I was immediately drawn to Frew's astounding line quality and the expressiveness of his mark. His pieces have a very raw, intense feeling to them and I love this. I am really inspired by his line quality and I would like my own work to mimic the rawness and intensity exuded by such an expressive mark. They are intriguing, and in no way classically aesthetically pleasing. There is a great tension to his work, but also a chaotic undertone that is really intriguing. I love the interaction of his mark, because he does not approach portraiture classically, but utilizes a complex interaction of color and line to create the image as a whole. The subtleties in his work are incredible and I think my work should incorporate more detail. He also has used a huge variety of media and I would like to explore other media. His prints are incredible and so are some of his pieces on wood. The texture in his work is appalling and I would like my work to feel more densely layered texturally.
I am an art student at Maggie Walker and this is the place where I talk about what we're making and what we're learning... Through this I can pour out my heart about my artistic experience.