Stephen St. Claire

Artist Statement

Stephen St.Claire was born and raised in the northern suburbs of Los Angeles, California, graduating from Art Center College of Design in Pasadena. Working with oil paint since he was a child, he has spent most of his adult life exploring different facets of art and design, winning numerous international awards for his work.   

 
 

“I grew up painting mostly landscapes and still life, but somewhere around 2001, I began experimenting with painting on metallic leaf, and a new painting genre was born. This technique is called Dialuminism (”light passing through”) and embeds metal leaf and oil paint within layers of solar protective resins. Light plays off some areas and casts shadows beneath others, creating a dimensional painting that changes in appearance depending upon where the viewer is standing in relation to the light source.  That is why I named this technique Dialuminism "light coming through".

I began using this technique painting mostly abstract pieces but over the years, as the technique has morphed, I've been painting more and more "abstracted landscape" scenes, depicting different times of day and different locals from the mountain lakes, lazy rivers and coastal wetlands.  Most recently, I've begun experimenting using my techniques and materials to create paintings reminiscent of the stained glass windows and wood block prints of the Arts & Crafts movement of the early 1900s"

 

 
 

St.Claire Art is a working studio located at 344 Depot Street, #104 (in the Pink Dog Creative building) in the heart of Asheville, North Carolina's historic River Arts District. The studio is open from 10:00 - 5:00 six days a week (closed Sundays). If you visit Asheville, please make plans to drop by!