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Stephen Burns

USCD
California, USA
chrome@ucsd.edu
Digital Ecstasy
24" x 30"

Artist Statement: He has discovered the same passion for the digital medium as he has for photography as an art form. His background began as a photographer 22 year ago and in time, progressed toward the digital medium. His influences include the great Abstractionists & the Surrealists including Jackson Pollock, Wassily Kankinsky, Pablo Picasso, Franz Kline, and Lenore Fini, to name a few.

Stephen is a corporate instructor and lecturer in the application of digital art. He has been exhibiting digital fine art internationally at galleries such as Durban Art Museum in South Africa, Citizens Gallery in Yokahama, Japan, and CECUT Museum Of Mexico to name a few. Part of his exhibiting won him 1st place in the prestigious Seybold International digital arts contest.

I like to challenge the viewer's psyche through presenting the unknown. I combine the animate with the inanimate because we are inseparable from our environment and the energies that impact upon us. I use several unrelated images to create one harmonious Chrome Allusion which is a unique in form. Each work is made with no preconceived notion as to what the final image will become.

The genesis of the Chrome Allusion process was one which went beyond merely eliciting an emotional response and aimed instead at the spiritual in art. In expressing the spiritual, I bring out an infusion of energy pulsating through, in and around my imagery thus giving each creation a life of its own. Chrome Allusion is about energy composed in such a way that the viewer senses in the work an embodiment of life on a rhythmical scale.

Color is extremely important to me because it can evoke certain elements in our psyche. By varying intensities and contrasts a spiritual vibration is set up which can generate new awareness in the viewer. On a simple level, colors such as red might denote qualities like will-power, freedom, vitality, action while blue could reflect love, spiritual enlightenment, gentleness etc. If those qualities are accessed in the artwork the viewer should relate to the work on more of a spiritual and psychological level rather than merely emotional. It is important that my creations are contemplated in an analytical manner in order to really appreciate them. It is important that the viewer receives a harmonious experience. After all, the viewer is the end-product and the goal of art is the stimulation of the imagination
Memories of Life Passed By
32" x 40"