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Bastiaan van Stenis

Painter

Born in South Africa in 1981, Bastiaan van Stenis, of half Dutch, half South African descent, grew up in Cape Town, South Africa. Van Stenis is a self taught artist who after his schooling in 2000, began to fully dedicate himself to art making. Van Stenis has exhibited nationally and internationally and is currently based in Stanford. Van Stenis’ art is a triumph and celebration of mixed media. Making use of hair, paint, glue, cloth, montage and taxidermy, he assembles these materials to model subjects from corpulent fragments. His mottled variations of tone sculpt the flesh of his subjects, creating precarious multi-faceted compositions that bulge off the picture plane.

Van Stenis’ subject matter is drawn from his surrounds, encompassing his domestic space, the natural world and his human and animal companions. The sitters seem to be dissembling, their features almost unrecognisable. The works indicate the constitution of identity from an assemblage of impermanent elements. His subjects are gentle
frankensteins, composed from clumps of fur, glutinous paint and beady glass eyes.Van Stenis’ confers a softness onto these scenes of disintegration and reformation by rendering them in peachy oranges, mint greens and Naples yellows.

Recurring in his large-scale compositions are motifs of the beseeching domestic hound, the interplay
of nakedness and nudity and the surreality of identity.

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