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Stephen Perry

Artist member since 2018
Ottawa, On

Although his subject matter and themes are always evolving, Stephen has a recognizable style that carries through his work. The approach is "stylized realism" with an emphasis on the sense of light and colour. His background in commercial photography and design have a noticeable influence on his technique, composition and design sensibility, creating a look that is clean, fresh and contemporary.


Work


Inside the Studio


Q+A

Which piece of art you've created is your favourite, and why?

One of my favourite pieces of art that I've created is "The Hero's Journey" I like the execution but it also has personal meaning-- probably has meaning for most of us-- summoning up the courage to make "The Big Leap".

In a previous life I was (a) ...

In a previous life I was a monk. The Buddhist monastic tradition still has appeal-- except for the deference to authority, the celibacy and the lack of artistic freedom-- otherwise...

When did you start making art, and why?

I've been doing art since childhood. When you start at a young age you don't really question why - you just do. After working as a commercial photographer for a number of years the urge to do "art for art's sake" resurfaced. Much experimentation in many areas has led me to where I am now with a realist style of execution and a stylized vision of reality-- working in oil and acrylic.

Your favourite spot in Toronto right now

My favourite spot in Toronto is still probably the AGO. The gallery scene in general is great in Toronto.

Describe the person your work appeals to in 3 words

The person who likes my "narrative art" is usually someone who likes a story-- something to interpret or something that resonates internally without necessarily having a conscious explanation.

Upcoming Exhibitions

Applecrate Gallery, Ottawa
Stephen Perry

The Artist Project, Toronto
TAP 2019

Select Past Exhibitions
2018

Toronto Outdoor Art Fair, Toronto
TOAF 2018

2018

New Art Festival, Ottawa
NAF 2018

2018

Cube Gallery, Ottawa
Beaux Reves

2018

The Artist Project, Toronto
TAP 2018

Accolades
2018

“Social Commentary Award” TOAF
Short-listed

2017

“Social Commentary Award” TOAF
Short-listed


Short-listed

Press
2018

CBC TV interview
Beaux Reves show

2017

BLOGT0– ‘THE THIRTY MOST EXCITING ARTISTS IN TORONTO RIGHT NOW”
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