GUEST ARTIST:-LORNA STEPHENS
Lorna an exemplary practitioner of acrylics
I've had the joy of knowing Lorna now for seven years when she was just a wee twenty something! We met on a post graduate course studying for a multimedia certificate at John Moore's University in Liverpool. We sort of gravitated to each other outside on the first day and I am glad to say one of the best friendships I've ever had started that day. We have had some ups and downs to say the least, and she's stood by me through some of the worst years of my life, until they started turning into some of the best instead. Even though we differ in age nothing has stopped our friendship and we have so much in common from different angles. The 80's and the Reflex to name but two. But art of course binds us. But that's enough of that the internet tells too many tales as it is so we won't go into that now! She has a degree, and rightly so as her work is refreshing and her youth doesn't stop her excellence showing through, and if she has such a high standard of work now imagine what the future holds. Here's one of her works a commission and it's standard of finesse speaks for itself.
Have a look at the two examples of her work showing her versatility as an artist with the different subject matter she has dealt with in her own unique way. The first is called Travis Bickle, and one of my favourites. A superb rendition of Robert de Niro's character in Taxi driver and the form and the abstract background are flawless. The second is a study of Kate Winslet. A beautiful subject made more beautiful by the fabulous painting style. Unfortunately with our celeb obsessed culture we find as artists that even this effects us in so many ways, and on a gentler note rather than a bitter and twisted rhetoric about the banality of existence it is indeed easier to sometimes just paint the portrait of a celeb. At least a true celeb that has at least earned their status by hard work and talent rather than show their bits on a reality t.v. show. Does it shock? Does it offend? Whatever if it gives you a reason to think about it it's probably a little bit art!. Enjoy this rare glimpse of a talent that doesn't need a chainsaw and a cow.... Need I say more.