Contemporary Toronto Mixed Media Artist STEV’NN HALL TUMBLR.
STEV’NN GREW UP IN RURAL ONTARIO WITH A 35 MM CAMERA IN ONE HAND AND A PAINTBRUSH IN THE OTHER.
He studied film, painting and photography at Concordia University in Montreal and continues to draw influences from these disciplines.
After working as the director of a non-profit film co-op, a director of indie music videos and as an international award winning television promo producer, Stev’nn returned to painting with a series entitled Wounded – a series of aqua-oil portraits of bleeding men that explores the link between vulnerability and masculinity.
IN HIS CURRENT WORK, STEV’NN RETURNS TO HIS ROOTS WITH A PHOTOGRAPHY & MIXED MEDIA LANDSCAPE SERIES. THESE PAINT SPLATTERED ENLARGEMENTS DEPICT THE FARMHOUSES, ROADS AND BIG SKIES OF HIS CHILDHOOD AND EXPLORES THE BOUNDARY BETWEEN PHOTOGRAPHY AND PAINTING. THE IMAGES ARE FILLED WITH THE DUALISTIC WONDER OF A YOUNG MIND, WHICH IN HALL’S CASE DEPICT AN ENCHANTMENT WITH NATURE’S VASTNESS, AND THE THREAT OF ITS POWER AND UNKNOWN TRANSFORMATIVE CHARACTER. THE IMAGES TREAD THE FRAGILE BOUNDARY BETWEEN BOYHOOD AND IMAGINED ADULTHOOD. LOST IN THE COMFORT OF INNOCENCE BUT GRIPPED BY THE FEAR OF THE ONCOMING ADULT WORLD — EXPLORING THE REALMS OF NATURE AND AWARENESS AS BOTH MAGICAL AND MENACING.
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