Stephen Andrews
Canadian , born 1956
Selected exhibitions
Paul Petro Contemporary Art at Art Toronto 2015,
Paul Petro Contemporary Art
Paul Petro Contemporary Art at Art Toronto 2014,
Paul Petro Contemporary Art
Paul Petro Contemporary Art at Art Toronto 2013,
Paul Petro Contemporary Art

Stephen Andrews reliably paints his subjects—and positions his viewers—at a remove. Beginning his artistic trajectory with a serially-produced collection of greyscale portraits featuring subjects diagnosed with AIDS, Andrews (himself diagnosed with HIV thirty years ago) shifted into color following the attacks of September 11, 2001. It was a calamity he observed at a close distance in New York City, and channeled, in a state of shock, through a series of dot paintings that reveal subjects and palettes additively, and at a distance. Andrews’ absorption in the production of color and the repetitiveness of painting has provided him a distraction from grief while promoting a distancing and reflective aesthetic.

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