Stephen Michael Barnes
Recent Paintings – all images are copyright 2017
“Night Lights, 2017″ – a commission piece. 36″ x 24” – oil over casein.
The two pieces above measure 16×20 inches and are painted on canvas.
The works below measure 24×24 inches, and are all painted on masonite board.
Recent paintings by Stephen Michael Barnes. Stephen has worked in studio painting, drawing, watercolors and a variety of other media during the course of his career. An autodidact by nature, and preference, Stephen delves into whatever technologies or knowledge that will aid in the successful creation of the projects of his imagination.
Stephen has participated in numerous artistic projects, including the annual Phoenix Art Detours, and volunteer teaching at various Arizona community centers.
Artist’s Statement, 2017:
A painting exists on several levels simultaneously. This is an alchemical transformation, a trans-substantiation.
My artmaking is a blend of traditional and digital methods and media. My recent paintings are the summation of a creation process that can involve many steps. Sometimes I begin directly on the canvas, at other times I work with photographs, drawings, watercolors or other preexisting imagery that in one way or another has prompted some kind of response or connection in me as preparation of the next step of creating the object painting. My process then can include digital creation or altering of my photographs or drawings, the use of chance and synchronicity, or direct painting – whatever the steps may be to coalesce the pieces of my imagery into a harmonious whole. I think of the final work as a “meaningful object”.
“Some day, if we’re lucky (or simply humble), we will realize our true nature (even if we do not understand it), and having found the pearl, we can then tie our shoelaces, comb our hair, and get to work. Don’t worry, it will all happen as it will, and anyway Damascus will always be there for you.”
– From “Pilgrim” graphic novel.