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.
Lives and works in Vancouver, British Columbia.
1991 - 1994 Concordia University, Montreal, Quebec, Design Art, Fine Arts
1985 - 1989 Emily Carr University, Vancouver, BC, Diploma, Fine Arts
1984 - 1985 University of Victoria, Victoria, BC, Visual Art
2010 Raw, Elliott Louis Gallery, Vancouver BC
2010 November, Bill Lowe Gallery, Atlanta
2007 Nesting, Elliott Louis Gallery, Vancouver BC
2007 Brush, Summit Gallery, Banff AB
2010 Summer Salon, View Gallery, Victoria, BC
2009 Summer Love, Elliott Louis Gallery, Vancouver, BC
2009 Rest, Featured Artist, Bill Lowe Gallery, Altlanta, Georgia
2009 Natural Lines, Summit Gallery, Calgary, AB
2009 Big Juicy Brushstrokes, View Gallery, Victoria, BC
2008 Toronto International Art Fair, Engine Gallery, Toronto, ON
2008 Layer Upon Layer (2 Painters), Artizen Gallery, Dallas, TX
2008 Gallery Artists, View Gallery, Victoria, BC
2008 Art for Life, Canvas Gallery & Rocky Mountain Station, Vancouver, BC
2008 Eastside Culture Crawl Studio Show, Parker Building, Vancouver, BC
2008 Plus One Group Show, Elliott Louis Gallery, Vancouver, BC
2008 SIX Women Artists from the Eastside, Ferry Building Gallery, West
2008 The Shape of Things to Come, Elliott Louis Gallery, Vancouver, BC
2007 Bite Size, Elliott Louis Gallery, Vancouver, BC
2007 Juried Exhibition, Burnaby Arts Council, Burnaby, BC, (Awarded Best
2007 Eastside Culture Crawl Studio Show, Parker Building, Vancouver, BC
2006 Nest, Guest Artist, Jacana Gallery, Vancouver, BC
2006 Eastside Culture Crawl Studio Show, Parker Building, Vancouver, BC
2005 Eastside Culture Crawl Studio Show, Parker Building, Vancouver, BC
2005 Art for Life, Four Season's Hotel, Vancouver, BC
2005 Preview, Art for Life, Jacana Gallery, Vancouver, BC
2004 Eastside Culture Crawl Studio Show, Parker Building, Vancouver, BC
2004 1000 Parker May Exhibition Studio Show, Parker Building,
1999 Triskaidekaphobia, Warehouse Show, Granville Island, Vancouver, BC
1998 The Brewery Show, Warehouse Show, Granville Island, Vancouver, BC
1994 Design Art Showcase, VAV Gallery, Concordia University, Montreal