A Closer Look – Stephen Collett
31 January – 11 March 2011
dot-art’s first exhibition of 2011 explores the physical act of viewing art and the concept of the art gallery from the point of view of the audience. Stephen Collett has produced a series of large scale oil paintings around this fascinating subject, which challenge the viewer to consider their own reaction to not only these works, but all pieces of art.
Stephen is a Liverpool based artist who has been interested in all forms of art since he sold his first painting at the age of 5. At the age of 12 he studied Art with Roger Shuttler a local artist who discovered him at a regional exhibition. By the age of 14 he had stayed in France and worked alongside Kevin Pearsh for a summer, developing his own style and learning new techniques As well as several public art projects and artist in residence schemes, the artist has recently had solo shows in Liverpool, London and New York, and is currently planning for future shows in Berlin and Paris.
A Closer Look is a new body of work which explores the concept of people looking at paintings and interacting with art. It focuses in on people’s physical responses reflecting how art can make the viewer feel, looking into the presence of the art in the space it occupies. Artists spend half their lives in galleries and it’s easy to become inspired not just by the art, but by the whole gallery experience.
The artist explains:
I wanted to produce a collection which responded to the interaction between the artist and the viewer. Art isn’t art if it doesn’t provoke a reaction and as an artist I have become fascinated by the way that reaction is expressed.
All work is for sale and admission is free.
‘Girl Rothko’ – Stephen Collett