FILE - STEFAN DUNLOP
Born in Invercargill, New Zealand in 1972 and remained there
until the age of 18
First full time artistic study took place at the Studio School
in New York in 2001. Moved to London and studied briefly at
the Slade School in London
Has exhibited in Australia. After the current 'Compression'
show at the Ensign Space, two further exhibitions are planned
for later in the year back in Australia at House of Phillips
Fine Art and Goya Galleries
THE SHOW AND THE GALLERY
The Ensign Space in east London is the brainchild of British
artist Rebecca Taber
of expression" is her main credo and her new space is
dedicated to letting creative people experiment "allowing
their work to breathe...and to show that the best things only
happen out of unrestricted creativity and passion."
features new paintings by Jason Szalla and Stefan Dunlop,
both of whom are new to the London art scene
exhibition ran from 24 - 30 April, at the Ensign Space, 18
Ensign Street, London E1
day starts at 8am. Painting is work and doesn't follow the same
timetables as the outside world.
whole process is really a matter of the canvas being a convincing
place to make something happen. A painter is always waiting for
that magical moment when the image reveals itself. Sometimes resolution
will come in a few hours, at other times slowly, piece by piece
over months. Often there is no resolution at all.
around 6pm the after-hours organisational and promotional work begins.
This, typically, involves writing masses of emails. I'm showing
my work at a new gallery in London, the Ensign Space, with New Yorker
Jason Szalla, the other half of the show.
are three canvases still to be completed by April 24. This is the
core issue and all that really matters to me - in spite of all the
organisational requirements leading up to the show.
'Who's Afraid of Space in a
Box'/ 50 x 50 inches by Stefan Dunlop
to Paris to see De Stael at the Pompidou Centre, surely the world's
greatest repository of modern art. There are so many wonderful paintings
here: Gerhard Richter, Eric Fischl, De Kooning. To be half decent
one has to compare oneself to the best - who is the man to beat?
what painting is about, aspiring to paint with the best, "getting
in the ring with the great painters of the past" - and not
allowing ego to fool you into thinking you've made it. The goal
always moves with great painters, and it's important to move with
this in mind, I try to find a slide reproduction of Napoleon crossing
the St Bernard by Jacques-Louis David to use as a projection installation
piece at the show. Not a simple task when you don't speak French.
Dunlop's diary continues