Thursday, February 24, 2011

Mark Demsteader: Contemporary Figurative Art

I have recently discovered a British artist that I absolutely adore. His name is Mark Demsteader and he paints portraits of women. They are darker paintings dabbling in both realism and the abstract. They are absolutely stunning!!! On his website, he provides a really interesting drawing demonstration of the process he uses to create his works.

"Mark Demsteader was born in 1963 in Manchester where he still lives and works.He studied foundation at Rochdale college and Oldham college, but he is largely self taught having spent many years studying the figure at life drawing classes and developing a unique style through close observation of the human form.

In recent years Mark`s reputation has flourished, such that he has become one of the most popular figurative artists working in Britain today. His powerful depictions of the female form in clean and assured lines of pastel and gouache have sparked a renaissance of interest in traditional life drawing amongst the art collecting fraternity. This immense technical ability is tempered by the natural sensitivity with which he imbues each subject. Although isolated in the picture plane each model seems to live and breathe, their expression and poise conveying a sense of narrative that invites the viewer to ask more questions about them than the artist answers."

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