Surface Spectrum Artist Feature: Stephen D’Onofrio @stephenadonofrio
Stephen D’Onofrio is a contemporary visual artist focused in painting. His work is characterized by an interest in the home decor market, the mass commodification of art, and the generic visual language that accompanies commercial design. He received his MFA from The School of The Art Institute of Chicago in 2016 and his work has been placed in numerous private and public collections since. D’Onofrio has lived and worked in Philadelphia since being awarded an artist residency in the city at Jasper Studios in 2017. D’Onofrio is represented by Galleri Urbane.
D’Onofrio’s Untitled Still Life paintings are part of Market Research, a new body of work that begins to pull apart the images of the commercial art and design industry that my work has been recently driven by. In these works I continue to use the classical composition of a still life, but instead of taking a passive approach of displaying these images, I am examining them through dissections and colliding juxtapositions. The new paintings expand their reach of what they are pulling from, looking at popular gradients and color combinations, to images evocative of logos and signage. Market Research serves as somewhat of a field study for collecting and acquiring the images and pop patterns of today’s commercial world and brings them back to my still life composition for further examination.
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