Stephen Middleton is a Vancouver-based artist specializing in acrylic painting. In his practice, the artist creates vivid, pop-art inspired images that showcase scenes from around Vancouver, as well as portraiture and text.
In our previous feature of Stephen’s work, we looked at the artist’s use of graphic planes of colour. I love how Stephen builds up three-dimensional shadow and volume using colour in different values and clearly delineated shapes. The works present their subjects in realistic proportion, while simplifying the details slightly to offer a clean, sleek texture.
In other recent works, like Joan, Stephen uses a blend of acrylic, oil pastel, and inkjet printing to create a more densely textural image. The resulting image has a darker, more imposing mood, and the blended shadows invite closer examination. I look forward to seeing more of what Stephen has been working on in recent years!