Stefany Hemming

Artist Statement

Stefany Hemming is a Vancouver artist with a highly unique process. Her work has been exhibited and collected both locally and internationally.

Hemming writes, "I am interested in the fundamental communication inherent in mark making. The immediacy of a quick stroke can expose an individual, locating them in a precise time, place and frame of mind. The line betrays the hand that made it. In my work, I strive to capture motion, intention and motive. I have developed a reductive method of working that allows me to draw with paint, making fluid lines in sweeping strokes, at any width or speed. In my process, I work quickly and on a large scale.

I work within a strict set of formal parameters: one tool, one layer of paint and one limited block of time. In this intense and gestural process, spontaneous movements or raw actions occur. Awkward, elegant, clumsy, confident, all marks inform the work and all have equal importance. Accepting every mark made, nothing is re-worked, painted over or shaded. Some of the concerns that dominate my work are deception, vitality, trust, loss, aging, and lust.

This body of work is an exploration of painting as an obsessive, ritualistic, instinctive practice, which embodies all the contingency, uncertainty, and instability of the real. It promotes painting as documentation of the intangible, evidence of one's humanity."

Bio

Lives and works in Vancouver, British Columbia.

Education

1991 - 1994 Concordia University, Montreal, Quebec, Design Art, Fine Arts
1985 - 1989 Emily Carr University, Vancouver, BC, Diploma, Fine Arts
1984 - 1985 University of Victoria, Victoria, BC, Visual Art

Solo Exhibitions

2010    Raw, Elliott Louis Gallery, Vancouver BC
2010    November, Bill Lowe Gallery, Atlanta
2007    Nesting, Elliott Louis Gallery, Vancouver BC
2007    Brush, Summit Gallery, Banff AB

Group Exhibitions

2010    Summer Salon, View Gallery, Victoria, BC
2009    Summer Love, Elliott Louis Gallery, Vancouver, BC
2009    Rest, Featured Artist, Bill Lowe Gallery, Altlanta, Georgia
2009    Natural Lines, Summit Gallery, Calgary, AB
2009    Big Juicy Brushstrokes, View Gallery, Victoria, BC
2008    Toronto International Art Fair, Engine Gallery, Toronto, ON
2008    Layer Upon Layer (2 Painters), Artizen Gallery, Dallas, TX
2008    Gallery Artists, View Gallery, Victoria, BC
2008    Art for Life, Canvas Gallery & Rocky Mountain Station, Vancouver, BC
2008    Eastside Culture Crawl ­ Studio Show, Parker Building, Vancouver, BC
2008    Plus One ­ Group Show, Elliott Louis Gallery, Vancouver, BC
2008    SIX ­ Women Artists from the Eastside, Ferry Building Gallery, West
Vancouver
2008    The Shape of Things to Come, Elliott Louis Gallery, Vancouver, BC
2007    Bite Size, Elliott Louis Gallery, Vancouver, BC
2007    Juried Exhibition, Burnaby Arts Council, Burnaby, BC, (Awarded Best
in Show)
2007    Eastside Culture Crawl ­ Studio Show, Parker Building, Vancouver, BC
2006    Nest, Guest Artist, Jacana Gallery, Vancouver, BC
2006    Eastside Culture Crawl ­ Studio Show, Parker Building, Vancouver, BC
2005    Eastside Culture Crawl ­ Studio Show, Parker Building, Vancouver, BC
2005    Art for Life, Four Season's Hotel, Vancouver, BC
2005    Preview, Art for Life, Jacana Gallery, Vancouver, BC
2004    Eastside Culture Crawl ­ Studio Show, Parker Building, Vancouver, BC
2004    1000 Parker May Exhibition ­ Studio Show, Parker Building,
Vancouver, BC
1999    Triskaidekaphobia, Warehouse Show, Granville Island, Vancouver, BC
1998    The Brewery Show, Warehouse Show, Granville Island, Vancouver, BC
1994    Design Art Showcase, VAV Gallery, Concordia University, Montreal