Graphic Planes of Color: Art by Stephen Middleton
Stephen Middleton’s artworks are influenced by the artist’s eye for the human figure, plus a background in modeling. His works begin with Stephen photographing his subject, then painting it in graphic planes of color.
Stephen’s acrylic paintings often look like heavily manipulated photographs, themselves. Looking through the artist’s portfolio it’s even surprising in some cases to know that the works are painted in acrylic. I really enjoy the hard-edged, bright and colorful style that Stephen uses, particularly in his architectural paintings. Statues, brick buildings and skyscrapers alike look like they belong in an animation.
Of course, the artist’s figurative works lend themselves equally well to his style of painting. Toning down the detail in favor of bright colors, Stephen creates portraits and figures that would be at home with the works of pop-art stars such as Andy Warhol.