Artist Confessions…..

I have a confession to make…..

As an artist, the questions I hate most are:

  • Who influences your art?
  • Who is your inspiration?
  • What artists have defined you?

My answer is not ego based. And all apologies to all the students of art. But if I’m honest. No one.

I’m not a student of art, I’m not a student of art history. I don’t really move in the circles of art.

My work is my own. Period. My “art” back ground extends as far as high school. Unless you count my 3 years as a nude art model in college. And trust me, few people count that. At the end of the day, people ask me, are you:

An expressionist?
An impressionist?
A modernist?

My answer is simple. I’m a realist. I paint what I see. It’s far different than what most people see. Thank god. It sets me apart. I was crossed eyed, dyslexic and far sighted. What a gift.

Ran

No Ordinary Moment – Art Exhibit at the Hotel Monaco

Art on display from October 2015 – February 2016

Artist Reception:  October 16th, 2015 from 7-9pm

Artist Ran Stewart will be the featured artist in the main lobby of the Hotel Monaco. On display will be work from his recent collection “No Ordinary Moment.” The work will be on display from October 15th 2015 through January 30th 2016. There will be an artist reception on October 16th from 7-9pm in the main lobby.

The work captures everyday moments and highlights the sublime beauty all around us. Many of the pieces explore the human element within the ever moving and changing cityscape. Each piece explores our modern world and how we interact with it.

The images are a de-focused, high key interpretation of what we see everyday. The blurred motion imparts the energy of the moment from the simplicity being on an escalator, walking through a busy airport terminal, or entering the street from a subway. If we step out of the frame for a moment all the stress of a commute for example becomes a beautiful ballet.

Each piece begins with a still frame capture from simple videos shot from a cell phone. The artist then paints the impression of these images in high chroma key with a very limited palette. The overall effect is one that visually stimulating and forces the viewer to interpret what they are seeing through a different perspective.

As part of a new program the Hotel Monaco is now featuring local Utah artists and participates in the Salt Lake Gallery Stroll

“It is an exciting place to show my work,” says Stewart. “The lobby of the Hotel is a beautiful backdrop that helps viewers feel at home seeing the art. It is an inviting space and such a huge benefit to the Salt Lake art community.”

To learn more about the Hotel Monaco please visit their website at: http://www.monaco-saltlakecity.com.

 

 

Featured Artist at The Hotel Monaco in Salt Lake City

Art on display from January 30th – June 1st, 2015

Artist Reception:  February 20th, 2015 from 6-9pm

I’m excited to be  the featured artist in the main lobby of the historic Hotel Monaco in downtown Salt Lake City. The work will be on display from January 30th through June 1st, 2015.  There will be an artist reception on February 20th from 6-9pm in the main lobby.

As part of a new program the Hotel Monaco is now featuring local Utah artists and participates in the Salt Lake Gallery Stroll.

I’ll be featuring pieces from my series “In Motion.”  It is an exploration of the movement of our daily lives. Many of the pieces explore the human element within the ever moving and changing cityscape. Each piece begins with a still frame capture from simple videos shot from a cell phone. The artist then paints the impression of these images in high chroma key with a very limited palette.

This body of work depicts our lives in motion. The images are a de-focused, high key interpretation of what we see everyday. The blurred motion imparts the energy of the moment. This process fascinates me, as a child riding in the back of the family station wagon on never ending road trips, I would stare out the window, squint my eyes and see the blurred motion. I’ve always wanted to capture this effect on canvas.

To learn more about the Hotel Monaco please visit their website at: http://www.monaco-saltlakecity.com.

 

 

Press Release: Featured Artist at The Hotel Monaco in Salt Lake City

Art on display from January 30th – June 1st, 2015

Ran Stewart, local Utah artist will be the featured artist in the main lobby of the historic Hotel Monaco in downtown Salt Lake City. His work will be on display from January 30th through June 1st, 2015.  There will be an artist reception on February 20th from 6-9pm in the main lobby.

As part of a new program the Hotel Monaco is now featuring local Utah artists and participates in the Salt Lake Gallery Stroll.  “We love giving our guests and local residents a taste of some of the amazing art Utah has to offer,” says Shawn Jackson, Sales Manager for the Kimpton Hotels and Resturant group that operates the Hotel Monaco. “Being part of the gallery stroll and showing local art in our lobby is a way for us to give back to the community and to be part of the vibrant downtown art culture.”

Stewart’s work is an exploration of the movement of our daily lives. Many of the pieces explore the human element within the ever moving and changing cityscape. Each piece begins with a still frame capture from simple videos shot from a cell phone. The artist then paints the impression of these images in high chroma key with a very limited palette.

“This body of work depicts our lives in motion. The images are a de-focused, high key interpretation of what we see everyday,” says Stewart. “The blurred motion imparts the energy of the moment. This process fascinates me, as a child riding in the back of the family station wagon on never ending road trips, I would stare out the window, squint my eyes and see the blurred motion. I’ve always wanted to capture this effect on canvas.”

To learn more about the Hotel Monaco please visit their website at: http://www.monaco-saltlakecity.com.

To see sample of the work that will be on display and learn more about the artist please visit him online at:  http://www.RanArtStudio.com

 

Artist Philosophy

Bringing together a singular vision on paper, canvas, or in bronze is exhilarating feeling. Each creative feat from the simple drawing to the most complex painting is a stepping stone in an artist’s life. These steps tell the artist’s story of where the’ve been and where they are, but most importantly where they are going.

Please take some time and enjoy the steps I’ve laid out before you. If you find one of the pieces speak to you, I hope you decide to make it part of your life’s journey.

Buying original art from the artist directly is an amazing experience that connects you to the piece and to the artist. I look forward sharing my vision with you.

A self taught artist, I started painting as a boy, completing my first piece at the age of nine. Since that time, I have traveled many roads. I have tried to lay down my brush easel believing I wanted a “normal” life. I am always drawn back though, an unwitting captive to the mistress of art.

I have a bachelors degree from Utah State University, there I studied Psychology and Communication. My only connection with the art department was being the undraped model. I learned a great deal about art observing those classes. So it is safe to say I acquired my skill ‘au natural’.

In truth I’ve always hid away from my calling. Now, after so many attempts to leave it behind, I have stopped and recognized that I am an artist. Flooded with passion and persistent images I have no choice but make them a reality. I call my work sentient art because it is as much about the emotional aesthetic as it is about form, balance, and technique.

Enjoy the work, and please send me your compliments, and if you must your criticism. Contact me.