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Stephen Schaffer
Toronto - Canada
Oil Painting - Abstract

Stephen Schaffer’s most recent paintings of silhouetted landscapes contain gestural line work and shapes that fall in the middle ground between abstraction and representation. Some are blue and moody set in the winter landscapes, others are colourful like stained glass and mosaics, all of these landscapes are inspired by the spirit of nature. His earlier series of huge, closely cropped faces and flowers are inspired by intricate symbolic connections between floral blooming and femininity. In his work, the perfection of larger-than-life images speaks to a subliminal world of transient, intoxicating splendour. The serene simplicity of powerful compositions reinforced by bold, pure colours communicates simultaneously the timelessness and transience of beauty. These paintings of flowers and women are in dialogue with each other. He goes on to transform and juxtapose seductive images of women from mass media with flowers to reveal the eternal, other-worldly perfection hidden behind glamour shots.

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