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about me;

me at Dickson Park on a winters day.

 

I grew up in the Newcastle beachside suburb of Merewether, NSW, Australia.

My first true passion in life was surfing and it served me well as I surfed my way through university and still somehow managed to complete a Degree in Applied Arts and a Degree in Education.

I taught Visual Arts in Secondary schools for a short time while freelancing as a graphic designer. I then moved to Adelaide, and lectured in Visual Communications in Tertiary Institutes; teaching Design Principles, Design Thinking, Creative Process and software fundamentals for Applied Design. 

 

In 1999 I co-established an Ad and Design Agency in North Adelaide < www.thestudio.net.au > with myself as Creative Director along side co-director Cate Robinson. During that time, Cate and I were nationally awarded for Brand Creative. I also have a Linkedin profile with details regarding The Studio.

 

In 2019… for the first time, I started invested a lot of time in developing my personal artwork which had previously taken a back seat to demanding clients and deadlines.

 

It’s nice to spend time developing visual arts concepts and images for a change. I like to diversify a bit with my artwork. I guess that's a consequence of spending decades having to create unique outcomes for every new commercial / advertising project that came in the door.

The practice of having to re-invent / create fresh for every project has carried over into my approach to the development of my personal artwork. I try not to rely on the same idea by producing multiple variations with minor differences..I find that a little boring :-)

 

I predominantly create digital artwork as limited editioned (archival) ink works on paper and canvas. I started by producing a series called "Living Wallpaper" involving wildlife and camouflage as a theme which now shares artistic space with more general surreal creations that don't fit the wallpaper theme or any other theme for that matter.

Thanks for being interested in my artwork :-)

 

Please visit my Instagram page which includes additional artworks.

www.instagram.com/stephencornwellart

about the work and process;

I describe my work as "contemporary surrealism"

All compositions are either built on a square format or a standardised portrait size. 

So they are either 35cm square or 35 x 45cm portraits.

You just have to love order and uniformity.

Placing a format constraint on my work gives the collection a strong visual continuity and it also forces me to work within a consistent format.

 

All pieces are compiled from a large variety of resources;

I use Poser® to create female forms in 3D but the vast volume of props are gathered from a huge library of

personal photographs such as wall vents, lamps, power points, window frames and human limbs etc, plus wildlife, landscape & industrial shots, often taken by my son, as well as purchased stock library resource images and Public Domain historical photos like thylacine images.

 

I modify, manipulate, merge and often completely rebuild or invent objects like "Bee Steamer" or "The Host" as well as combining human bodies and elements using Photoshop or Poser, blending them with manufactured seamless textures and patterns. The female in "Harbinger" is a merge of 3 different bodies, with one piece of her being a 3d render that I produced to fit the concept and format.

 

I compile everything in Adobe Photoshop® and sometimes use it to also animate artwork before importing it into Apple Motion® or Final Cut® to apply added behaviours and audio before final export as animated pieces.

Some artworks are over 200 layers deep inclusive of lighting and shadow effects in order to create the final version. It can take a long time to complete a piece and a lot of concepts never make it :-(  but they are held over as future resources.

about the media;

 

Each image becomes a Limited edition Ink on Paper print.

I print them myself to ensure rich vibrant colour using K3 Ultrachrome archival inks and "signature" series fine art archival paper stock with an 70 years colour stability.

I build all my images in high resolution.

Due to mailing costs, only paper editions are available for sale on my website although the artwork is produced at very high resolution and looks spectacular on 1 meter square stretched canvas.

The canvases I produce to 1.2m square use the same archival inks on pre-coated gallery canvas and have a separate UV clear top-coat lacquer applied for extra scuff and light proof protection.

Having said that, as with any artwork, be it in a museum, a gallery or in your home, all paintings, ink illustrations or water colours, should be treated with care and kept away from direct sunlight.