Photograph of Artist STEPHEN FESSLER
STEPHEN FESSLER
Carbondale, Illinois - United States



Original Artworks (20)

Stephen Fessler; The Little Street, 2013, Original Painting Oil, 69.2 x 16.7 inches. Artwork description: 241     Inspired by Vermeer's painting of the same name, brick walls revealing layers of their history.        ...
Stephen Fessler
Original Oil Painting, 2013
69.2 x 16.7 inches (175.8 x 42.4 cm)
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Stephen Fessler; Connection, 2012, Original Painting Acrylic, 67.2 x 41 inches. Artwork description: 241    Shadows of electricity connect these two dark spaces with their sparks of light within a weathered cow shed.       ...
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Original Acrylic Painting, 2012
67.2 x 41 inches (170.7 x 104.1 cm)
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Stephen Fessler; Daffodil, 2013, Original Painting Oil, 23.7 x 26.3 inches. Artwork description: 241   A blossom in the Spring sun.      ...
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Original Oil Painting, 2013
23.7 x 26.3 inches (60.2 x 66.8 cm)
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Stephen Fessler; Brothers, 2012, Original Painting Acrylic, 33.5 x 59.5 inches. Artwork description: 241  These brothers' brothers stand in the standing corn here and there across the country.     ...
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Original Acrylic Painting, 2012
33.5 x 59.5 inches (85.1 x 151.1 cm)
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Stephen Fessler; Smile, 2012, Original Painting Oil, 26.3 x 10 inches. Artwork description: 241          An amused dumpster with a rusted scraped- steel smile.     ...
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Original Oil Painting, 2012
26.3 x 10 inches (66.8 x 25.4 cm)
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Stephen Fessler; The Tree, The Ground, The..., 2011, Original Painting Acrylic, 27.7 x 43 inches. Artwork description: 241         The tree with its roots in story, the writings being the ground in which the tree grows.  ...
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Original Acrylic Painting, 2011
27.7 x 43 inches (70.4 x 109.2 cm)
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Stephen Fessler; Purple Lilies, 2011, Original Painting Oil, 64 x 24 inches. Artwork description: 241        A profusion of purple lilies. ...
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Original Oil Painting, 2011
64 x 24 inches (162.6 x 61.0 cm)
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Stephen Fessler; Celestial Manufacture, 2011, Original Painting Oil, 17.7 x 12 inches. Artwork description: 241       A star factory.  ...
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Original Oil Painting, 2011
17.7 x 12 inches (45.0 x 30.5 cm)
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Stephen Fessler; Fractal Tree, 2012, Original Painting Acrylic, 57.2 x 96.2 inches. Artwork description: 241      The one tree seen as a transfer of energy; lightning becoming branches gathering at the trunk leading to the roots becoming tributaries joining rivers to feed the surrounding sea. ...
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Original Acrylic Painting, 2012
57.2 x 96.2 inches (145.3 x 244.3 cm)
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Stephen Fessler; The Tree, Blooming Birds, 2012, Original Painting Acrylic, 82.5 x 74.5 inches. Artwork description: 241     The one tree, the singing birds blossoming from its branches.    ...
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Original Acrylic Painting, 2012
82.5 x 74.5 inches (209.6 x 189.2 cm)
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Stephen Fessler; Aftermath, 2011, Original Painting Acrylic, 38.5 x 31 inches. Artwork description: 241    A whimsical landscape constructed of bits of other paintings, arranged like a Venetian blind.   ...
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Original Acrylic Painting, 2011
38.5 x 31 inches (97.8 x 78.7 cm)
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Stephen Fessler; Broken Symmetry , 2011, Original Painting Oil, 53 x 21 inches. Artwork description: 241   A sculptural painting, cut into the shape of the house itself.  Parallel lines converge and separate to define space.   ...
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Original Oil Painting, 2011
53 x 21 inches (134.6 x 53.3 cm)
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Stephen Fessler; Our House, 2011, Original Painting Oil, 36.5 x 65.5 inches. Artwork description: 241     A brightly- colored acrylic and oil painting, a landscape seen as an architectural drawing, the universe as a house.  ...
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Original Oil Painting, 2011
36.5 x 65.5 inches (92.7 x 166.4 cm)
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Stephen Fessler; Jeney Commission, 2011, Original Painting Acrylic, 7.5 x 18 feet. Artwork description: 241    This is a commissioned work, incorporating animals, plants, and ladscape elements from the area surrounding my clients'house in central Ohio, USA.  ...
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Original Acrylic Painting, 2011
7.5 x 18 feet (2.29 x 5.49 m)
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Stephen Fessler; Excursions, 2010, Original Painting Oil, 76.5 x 58 inches. Artwork description: 241   The images in this painting were inspired by accidentally- produced marks made by dropping paint- soaked lengths of string upon a length of linen.  It is part landscape, part map, part narrative illumination, telling tales of journeys and discovery.  It incorporates the collage elements of string and ...
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Original Oil Painting, 2010
76.5 x 58 inches (194.3 x 147.3 cm)
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Stephen Fessler; Arboreal Memorial, 2010, Original Painting Oil, 22 x 87.5 inches. Artwork description: 241       This painting on canvas is not rectangular, but has been cut to the shape of this old oak tree trunk. The dimensions are those of an imaginary rectangle which would enclose the entire image, and the stretcher is constructed so that the image seems to float two ...
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Original Oil Painting, 2010
22 x 87.5 inches (55.9 x 222.2 cm)
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Stephen Fessler; Age, 2010, Original Painting Acrylic, 53.2 x 49 inches. Artwork description: 241    This painting on canvas is not rectangular, but has been cut to the shape of this wall, telephone pole, and pile of leaves. The dimensions are those of an imaginary rectangle which would enclose the entire image, and the stretcher is constructed so that the image seems ...
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Original Acrylic Painting, 2010
53.2 x 49 inches (135.1 x 124.5 cm)
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Stephen Fessler; The Wedding Feast, 2010, Original Painting Acrylic, 176 x 84 inches. Artwork description: 241    All eat and drink, dance, play, and make music, sit at the banquet board for the feast.  Everyone is part of the wedding on the green grass in the open air.                        ...
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Original Acrylic Painting, 2010
176 x 84 inches (447.0 x 213.4 cm)
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Stephen Fessler; Lake Dancers, 2010, Original Painting Oil, 36.7 x 23.5 inches. Artwork description: 241    A circle of dancers around a lake.  They have their origins in accidental marks; these marks suggested the existence of the dancers along with their interactions.  Releasing one dancer from his or her matrix of random marks would suggest the position of the next, and so on ...
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Original Oil Painting, 2010
36.7 x 23.5 inches (93.2 x 59.7 cm)
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Stephen Fessler; Plans For Parallel Worlds, 2010, Original Painting Oil, 76 x 54 inches. Artwork description: 241  A map or scheme of the universe and one parallel universe; a cosmic diagram inspired by modern physics; a celebration of cosmic processes in vivid, saturated color whose images have their source in accident.    ...
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Original Oil Painting, 2010
76 x 54 inches (193.0 x 137.2 cm)
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Artist Statement

Artist’s Statement: Visionism

All my images are born accidentally. I tack my studio dropcloths onto the wall once they’ve become sufficiently splattered with paint, and search the surface for suggestions. I’ll discover an image within a tangle of marks, and paint to free it, an archaeologist unearthing an artifact. This process leads to related discoveries, and the more I find, the better I understand the space they inhabit, and a painting is underway. In this way does the painting gradually reveal its content and mood.

Everything I like of the art I’ve seen, Eastern and Western, ancient and modern, sacred and profane, ends up in my work. It must be that, as I gaze at my randomly stained surfaces, these remembered images give clues as to what to look for.

The larger canvases are free-hanging, fitted with grommets and intended to be tacked directly to the wall like a tapestry or banner. Smaller works on canvas are mounted and stretched so as to preserve their irregular edges. Stephen Fessler



Artists’ Statement: Directed Perception

My mode of seeing changes when something has caught my attention. My “directed perception” chooses what I will see while obscuring everything else within my range of vision. The objects which happen to surround or serve as a background to the thing I’m looking at, hidden behind this veil of inattention, escape my memory, as well.
If my eye were a camera I would recall these subjects for painting in their context, embedded in their landscapes; but my eye is a selecting mind, and so I remember them as individual treasures, artifacts, or personalities.
These paintings are objects in two senses: as themselves, and as the things they seem to be, their subject matter. And yet these objects seem to consist of only one plane, as the image “floats” an inch or more from the wall, its supporting framework hidden. The textures and three-dimensional effects are all depicted illusionistically upon these paintings’ flat surfaces.
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