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Stephen Jaques

Rivazza
2011
Acrylic on Canvas
160cm x 195 5cm

"The new artists must make their goal an ideal beauty that is not
merely the proud expression of the species, but an
expression of the universe as it is personified in light"

Guillaume Apollinaire
Peintres Cubistes

To be any kind of artist requires considerable dedication and stamina. In this electronically obsessed age to be one who pursues a canon of abstract painting which has its roots in the early 20th Century may be regarded as plain backward, out of step at least. However the fascination with organising flat areas of coloured pigment on rectangles of board or sailcloth still endures. These paintings by Stephen Jaques are evidence that this practice can still support art of high quality.
Always a prolific draughtsman, Jaques still draws more obsessively - for its own sake - than anyone one I know. Lately I have recognised an affinity with the "Precisionists" - pioneers of abstraction - like Ilya Bolotowsky and Burgoyne Diller. The critic Carter Ratcliff has referred to "…(Precisionism's) cousinly resemblance to Art Deco", a stylistic quality which Jaques' work shares. Not least there is also resemblance to Navajo rugs ("Eye Dazzlers") and Middle Eastern Killims - a sheer joy of decoration. Jaques is a fan of Grand Prix racing - these paintings are as highly tuned as a Ferrari and as fast on the eye.
© Geoff Rigden 2001

www.stephenjaquespainter.com

© Stephen Jaques 2016

 


Device
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acrylic on canvas
66 x 56cm


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2011
Acrylic on canvas
56 x 76cm


Head
2011
acrylic on canvas
60 x 65cm


Mithras
2010
mixed media
48 x 30 x 30cm


Victorious
2009
acrylic on canvas
221 x 221 x 221cm


Shield
2010
Mixed Media
46 x 46cm