stephen st. claire
Stephen was born and raised in the northern suburbs of Los Angeles, California, and graduated from the Art Center College of Design in Pasadena. He has worked with oil paint since he was a child and as an adult has continued exploring different facets of art and design.
"I grew up painting mostly landscapes and still life, but somewhere around 2001, I began painting on metallic leaf, and a new painting genre was born. Since the early days, I have done a lot of experimentation, discovering what the medium will and will not do (and how to make it do what I want it to do), and my work has morphed and evolved. What began as strictly abstract work on a flat substrate gradually became more “scenic” and now I do mostly full-blown reflective abstracts and landscapes, sculpting the composition onto the canvas with several layers of modeling compound and gesso, then covering the entire surface with Italian aluminum leaf.
I call my technique Dialuminism (”light passing through”) because light reflects off the metal background layer, passes through the layers of paint and then is refracted by the layers of solar resistant resin (which acts as a clear lens, fused to the surface of the painting). The result is a painting that is basically back-lit, which creates very intense color and contrast. Light plays off some areas and casts shadows beneath others, creating a dimensional painting that changes in appearance depending upon where the viewer is standing in relation to the light source."