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.
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
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