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Painting is silent poetry, and poetry is painting that speaks. Simonides

Steven Lawler

Steven Lawler

Steven Lawler is interested in light and its dramatic effect on the human form - particularly the drama it can bring to a face. His objective is to produce paintings that encompass traditional ideas of beauty, mystery and transcendence through stillness, thought and enquiry. He is especially interested in 17th century Italian, Dutch and Spanish painting and cites Caravaggio, Rembrandt, Zurbaran and Vermeer as particular influences on his work as are the American 20th century abstract painters Mark Rothko and Ad Reinhardt. Steven generally works on either ultra smooth canvas or fine Belgian linen using only lightfast, handmade oil paints that are guaranteed resistant to fading over time. The craft of painting is very important to Lawler and he is especially interested in following the traditions of the old masters whenever possible. He is currently devoting a good deal of time to research and experimentation and has recently begun work on a series of wood panel paintings.

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