Stephen Benedek

Artists -> Stephen Benedek

I enjoy painting the human face and figure,especially while involved in some sort of demanding  activity,perhaps as a musician , acrobat , dancer. I try to demonstrate not only the model's physical appearance, but also his/her skills and interests , trials and achievements. I admire people who do difficult, but creative  things. 

Although the model will be  carefully rendered , I  sometimes use  an abstract background  in the image , integrating the representational with the non-representational. But the model comes first. The abstract background is meant only to enhance the beauty  of the model.  

I have experimented with watercolors , acrylics , and dry media in the past , but now I find  oils most suitable for figurative painting.

I started doing visual art somewhat later in life. In my fifties ,I started taking excellent workshops , hosted by some of the best figurative artists and teachers in Canada.  Even so , I am primarily self-trained. 

I belong to the Willowdale Group of Artists,  and have shown as part of their group shows. I have also won awards at these shows.  I also participate at the annual  show at the Toronto Botanical Gardens.