Artwork by Stephen Andrews,  Un pequeno parte de algo mas grande 1 (A Small Part of Something Larger) (2010)

Stephen Andrews
Un pequeno parte de algo mas grande 1 (A Small Part of Something Larger) (2010)

colour lithograph
editioned 4/25
40 x 28 ins ( 101.6 x 71.1 cms ) ( sheet )

Sold for $1,593.00
Sale date: September 26th 2018

Provenance:
Private Collection
Literature:
Kitty Scott, “Stephen Andrews: Painter, Potter, Photographer…”, “Stephen Andrews POV”, Art Gallery of Ontario, Toronto, 2015, page 116
Andrews’ practice mediates between digital and analogue technologies to explore the connection of the self to the social and of the body to the body politic. Often working from references that seem to depict anonymity—crowded stadiums and parties, public transit stations, and war zones—Andrews translates the impersonal qualities of commercial printing methods and mass media imagery by rendering mechanically reproduced pictures via handmade means, allowing them to acquire meaning and become rooted in place through his engagement with his chosen medium. These tensions reside at the heart of works like “Un pequeno parte de algo mas grande” (‘a small part of something larger’). Created at a printmaking studio in Barcelona, the lithograph arose from photographic source material and drawings produced in Toronto, yet shares serendipitous connections with the Spanish city’s history, geography, and people. As the artist explained in 2010, the loose appearance of the human forms within the composition brings to mind the “young Picasso at Els Quatre Gats” just prior to his his first experiments with Cubism. Barcelona itself, he continued, is “bisected by an avenue called 'Diagonal', echoing the strong diagonals in the litho[graph]. At a techno concert there, large LED screens projected not dissimilar images of the gathered crowd. Quite unintentionally, it all seemed to make perfect sense.”

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Stephen Andrews
(1956)

Stephen Andrews was born in 1956 in Sarnia, Ontario. Based in Toronto, his practice deals with memory, identity, technology, and their representations in various media including drawing, animation, and of late, painting. Over the course of his three-decade career, he has exhibited in Canada, the United States, Brazil, Scotland, France, India, and Japan. In 2015, the Art Gallery of Ontario held a 15-year survey exhibition of Andrews’ work, “Stephen Andrews POV”, curated by Kitty Scott. He is represented in the collections of the National Gallery of Canada, Ottawa; the Art Gallery of Ontario, Toronto; the Morris and Helen Belkin Art Gallery, Vancouver; and the Schwartz Art Collection, Harvard; as well as many private and corporate collections including the Bank of Montreal and the Royal Bank of Canada. His works have been featured in numerous Canadian and international publications including Frieze, Canadian Art, Border Crossings, Ciel Variable, Parachute, The Globe and Mail and The Toronto Star. Andrews is represented by Paul Petro Contemporary Art in Toronto.