Stephen Andrews’ work is driven by a sense of apartness—a quiet alienation—and the framing devices of a subject peering from the outside in, or the inside out. Crowd epitomizes this body of work, as a sectioned canvas split into window-like panes looks over a crowd of people, their faces nearly indistinguishable from one another, pixelated as if being remembered, not pictured. Color gives way to patterning, a mass of people like a constellation. Andrews is represented by Paul Petro Contemporary Art, Toronto, and his work has been collected by the National Gallery of Canada, Ottawa; the Belkin Art Gallery, Vancouver; and the Schwartz Collection at Harvard among others. —Courtesy of Waddington’s
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Signature: Signed on panel #9
Private Collection, Toronto
About Stephen Andrews
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.
Canadian , b. 1956