My work in “The Word” series is defined by 25 points of reference representing each letter of the alphabet on a canvas. The word or words are covertly spelled out by either a color coordinated shape, the angle of a shape, or in some instances colored squares or circles. The composition of each piece is to a degree affected by the word or words.
All the work in this series are personal and flow from either something nostalgic bringing me back to some happy childhood memories, or strong emotions that I felt at the time of creating the work.
- Stephen Bezas
- Archival pigment print on wove paper
- 30 x 30 in. (76.2 x 76.2 cm)
- Edition: 1/50
- Signed and numbered in pencil, lower margin
- Mint condition
- Unframed/framed in white wood
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Born and raised in New York City. He attended the High School of Art and Design and then the School of Visual Arts where he greatly admired and was influenced by artist Chuck Close, first as a student of Close’s and later as a friend. Bezas has had a career as a painter, photographer, and designer.
A neo-pointillist, Bezas has also been inspired by historically important pointillist artists such as Georges Seurat and Paul Signac. Bezas’ distinctive trademark is the vertical and horizontal stacks of dots contained within a grid, which he sometimes places on a diagonal. Another distinct narrative of his art is the alternating dot pattern achieved by the smaller grids within larger ones and the two alternating dot sizes. He has created a contemporary hybrid using his design sensibilities, photography and painting talents, blurring the lines among the three. The dots in his art interrelate and culminate into something that’s larger than the sum of its parts.
The viewer is utterly transfixed to realize that the work is created from a mélange of meticulously placed dots of varying sizes into an underlying grid in an artistic, mathematical process, whereby the actual composition comes alive with exciting recognition.
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