Places Remembered, Things Forgotten
December 10, 2010 – February 18, 2011
Paintings of Eric K. Stevens at the FWCAC Satellite Gallery at 5201 Camp Bowie Blvd. Hours are Monday - Friday, 9 - 5PM.
Eric K Stevens spent his formative years in Hawaii, where the natural beauty of the islands had a sublime and profound influence that he still feels today. After a career in graphic design and illustration, he turned his attention entirely to painting while living in Prague from 2002 to 2005. This was a significant time, allowing him to pursue his passion completely and gain invaluable exposure to the arts landscape of many different cultures while traveling throughout Europe. He has called Fort Worth home since 2005. His works can be found in private and corporate collections nationally and internationally.
“I am interested in the relationships between complex detail and simple composition, classical rendering of form and modern reduction. I think there is an interesting tension there.”
“A lot of my work describes simple organic forms, like flowers. These paintings often use vibrant true-to-life color to depict the subjects, while their settings take the subjects out of their expected contexts. The perspective and scale furthers this, isolating the subject, and bringing the viewer closer.”
“My current works include a series of landscapes. These are executed with a distanced perspective, a cool and subdued palette, and a sense of emptiness. The specific geographic locations chosen as subjects for these range from the American Southwest to Central Europe to Mediterranean islands, but are almost incidental in the finished product. The idea of capturing some of these locations in this way had been banging around in my head for a while, but it was reading Cormac McCarthy's novel The Road and Umberto Eco's Mysterious Flame of Queen Loana that was a prime incentive for me realizing this series of paintings.”
“For me the painting of landscapes, this kind of subject in this way, was a major growing-period. Most of what I had been working on up until this point shared a visual sensibility, and here was a chance to do something completely new. I knew I wanted to incorporate landscape paintings into my body of work, even though it seemed stylistically to me to be a huge leap. I started by plotting out what visual language was needed to best depict what I wanted to do with landscapes. There were some cues from art history that were a factor, and some things from experiencing Nature firsthand; Inspiration comes to us in many ways. ”
“Developing another set of visual rules to work with is almost like using another language, with it's own strengths and weaknesses, it's own character.” - Eric K. Stevens