Signature: Artist signed Verso
Image rights: Artist copyright 2017
Exhibited: So— Andra Norris Gallery, 2017
Exquisite highly contemporary still life drawing / mixed media work on paper that is 30 x 46 inches. Framed in solid blond maple wood, floating on museum matting with plexiglass. Outer dimensions are 35 1/2 x 51 inches. Still life of two golden pears balanced and harmonious, and resting on a table with white cloth. Seductive, mysterious, and elegant and background is smokey brown. Overall colors are bronze, brown and golden. The still life has great warmth and a quiet overall presence. A dry pigment on paper drawing.
Kenyan-born African American artist Stephen Namara, who is known for creating skillful drawings and paintings of people, still life objects, and contemporary landscapes, has been exhibiting in the U.S. since 1980 while evolving his unique style. His masterful drawing abilities, together with his involved research into his subjects, has enabled Namara to produce a highly acclaimed body of work that is held in major corporate, state, and university collections, and he is the recipient of numerous, important drawing prizes. Namara’s images are often autobiographical “snapshots” of moments in his life, and they speak directly to viewers without the need for words. The work provides space within which we can experience our own mental and emotional reactions to the images, forms, and movements, without the need for academic explanation. The non-narrative imagery that he employs enables our attention to dwell on the formal and material aspects of the art, and this encourages a reflective approach to our perceptions.