John Stevenson

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  • An accomplished Canadian landscape painter, born in Guelph Ontario, trained at George Brown College in Toronto, John now lives and works in Chemainus, British Columbia. In 1976, Stevenson started his design, painting and Illustration journey. After a long career in advertising art, in 2001 he began painting full time. In 2016, the JD Stevenson Gallery was established on Vancouver Island.

    Stevenson finds inexhaustible inspiration in nature‚Äôs ever-shifting colours and proportions. His light-dappled compositions, evoke the Impressionist genre of art, creating his own unique gestural style. Working in both his studio or in outdoor locations throughout Canada’s wilderness, Stevenson applies thick oil paint to his canvas, mixing and shaping the paint with palette knives that distribute the colour to capture the ever changing light he sees all around him. As a result, his rich compositions are complex fields of smooth and thick layers that dynamically respond to varying light conditions. Stevenson’s painted surfaces evade strict realism in favour of textural beauty and a more evocative, intuitive image that transmits a multi-sensory, rather than strictly visual, sense of a specific place and time. He combines powerful choices of palette and pure paint application with a dramatic flair for composition, capturing landscapes in their fleeting yet vast splendor.

    To own a Stevenson painting, is to own a window of a moment in time.

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