Stillman and Birn
gallery
February 17th, 2019

Dana

Artist: Ben Stanford, United States
Artist Statement: I’ve always been drawn to the human figure, and portraits in particular. The figure isn’t just something to be copied or reproduced but is a space for honest exploration. I use painting as a means through which tradition and craftsmanship can serve as a touchstone for the creative process; allowing for self-imposed constraints to serve as a catalyst for problem-solving. While capturing the likeness of my subjects is of high priority, I aim for a balance between the deliberate rendering of form and intuitive response. This provides a space where academic considerations can run in parallel with an open-ended process of translation.

Dana, the model depicted here, is immensely talented and has been a constant source of inspiration for me through the years. I look forward to continuing to paint on paper and utilize the unique feeling that it provides.

The painting was done on Zeta Series paper. I put down 2 layers of PVA size to prepare the surface and had no problems. I made it a few months ago, and haven’t seen any oil seeping into the paper or signs of discoloration.

Media: Oil on paper
Surface: Zeta Series – Extra Heavyweight – 270 gsm – White – Smooth Finish

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