Melinda Reading, oil on canvas, 6.5x16 inches
A Modern-Day Old Master
In Stevan Shapona's realist paintings of the figure, one finds
qualities of light, color and composition not often seen in work
by contemporary artists.
"I'm a traditionalist," says Shapona. "My aim is to take a concern for
formal abstract values on one hand and a concern for representing the human figure
on the other. My hope is to harmoniously combine these two concerns."
Shapona, a native of San Francisco, has strong formal training. He has painted portraits, still lifes and a series of tonalist landscapes reminiscent of the Barbizon school. But it is figure work that has commanded his attention in recent years.
PORTFOLIO OF STEVAN SHAPONA'S PAINTINGS
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