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stefany hemming

Artist Statement

Stefany Hemming is a Vancouver artist with a highly unique process. Her work has been exhibited and collected both locally and internationally.

Drawing through fluid oil paint, Hemming’s lines shape-shift into complex networks and forms that conjure the natural world. These new works explore the uncertainty and contingency surrounding our current relationships to the environment.

Working reductively and within a strict set of formal parameters, Hemming pares down the painting process, manipulating the oily sludge until the surface is no longer malleable. What remains is evidence of a presence that has been and gone. In the absence of humanity, there is a life force that continues.

Hemming states that she is interested in the fundamental communication inherent in mark making. The immediacy of a quick stroke can expose an individual, locating them in a precise time, place and frame of mind. The line betrays the hand that made it. In her work, she strives to capture motion, intention and motive. Hemming has developed a reductive method of working that allows her to draw with paint, making fluid lines in sweeping strokes, at any width or speed. In her process, she works quickly and on a large scale.

Hemming works within a strict set of formal parameters: one tool, one layer of paint and one limited block of time. In this intense and gestural process, spontaneous movements or raw actions occur. Awkward, elegant, clumsy, confident, all marks inform the work and all have equal importance. Accepting every mark made, nothing is re-worked, painted over or shaded. Some of the concerns that dominate my work are deception, vitality, trust, loss, aging, and lust.

This body of work is an exploration of painting as an obsessive, ritualistic, instinctive practice, which embodies all the contingency, uncertainty, and instability of the real. It promotes painting as documentation of the intangible, evidence of one's humanity.

Bio

Lives and works in Vancouver, British Columbia.

Education

DFA  Painting, Emily Carr University, Vancouver, Canada
Concordia University, Montreal, Canada, Design / Fine Art
University of Victoria, Victoria, Canada, Visual Arts  SOLO + TWO ARTIST EXHIBITIONS

SOLO & TWO PERSON EXHIBITIONS

2019    Gallery Pendulum, Vancouver, Canada, Klusterflux

2013    Tinney Contemporary Gallery, Nashville, USA, Holding Pattern

2010    Elliott Louis Gallery, Vancouver, Canada, Raw 

2010    Bill Lowe Gallery, Atlanta, USA, Migration

2008    Artizen Gallery, Dallas, USA, Layer Upon Layer

2007    Elliott Louis Gallery, Vancouver, Canada, Nest

2007    Summit Gallery, Banff, Canada, Brush

 

SELECTED GROUP EXHIBITIONS


2017    Robinson Studio Gallery, Vancouver, Canada, Moving Matter

2016    Tinney Contemporary, Nashville, USA, Tinney Retrospective 

2011    Bill Lowe Gallery, Atlanta, USA, Gallery artists

2010    View Gallery, Victoria, Canada, Gallery artists 

2009    Elliott Louis Gallery, Vancouver, Canada, Summer Love

2009    Bill Lowe Gallery, Atlanta, USA, Rest - Four Artists

2009    Summit Gallery, Calgary, Canada, Natural Lines

2009    View Gallery, Victoria, Canada, Big Juicy Brushstrokes 

2008    Toronto International Art Fair, Engine Gallery, Toronto, Canada

2008    View Gallery, Victoria, Canada, Seasonal

2008    Engine Gallery, Toronto, Canada

2008    Canvas Gallery, Vancouver, Canada, Art for Life  

2008    Elliott Louis Gallery, Vancouver, Canada, Plus One

2008    Ferry Building Gallery, West Vancouver, Canada, SIX 

2008    Elliott Louis Gallery, Vancouver, Canada, The Shape of Things to Come

2007    Elliott Louis Gallery, Vancouver, Canada, Bite Size

2007    Burnaby Arts Council, Burnaby, Canada, Painting 

2005    Jacana Gallery, Vancouver, Canada

1999    Warehouse Show, Vancouver, Canada, Triskaidekaphobia

1998    Warehouse Show, Vancouver, Canada, The Brewery Show

1994    Concordia University, VAV Gallery, Montreal, Canada, Painting

SELECTED COLLECTIONS

Ritz Carleton Hotels, Lake Tahoe, USA 

Hirsch Bedner Associates, Atlanta, USA

Wood Partners, Glass House, Dallas, USA

Susan Sarandon and Tim Robbins, Banff, Canada

Paul Sangha Landscape Architect Ltd,Vancouver, Canada