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Stephen Harkola

Stephen Harkola

Hometown: Rochester

Based in: Rochester

Stephen is a figurative and abstract artist with a BS in Photography from the Rochester Institute of Technology. Believing his oil portrait work and acrylic abstract landscapes are synergistic, he switches back and forth, working progressive series in each. “Abstract landscapes for me, are like candy - they are fast, stream of conscious, get dirty works that are helping me loosen up and inspired to apply more abstraction to my figure work.” Conversely, the attention to detail required in the figure work is a skill he readily applies during final phases of an abstract, adding highlights or rendering recognizable symbols.

Stephens XScape abstract series paintings are focused on pushing land and seascapes to more primeval forms. Earth, Water, Air, Fire were used to explain the nature and complexity of all matter in ancient times and provide the inspiration for the works. “Quick drying acrylic’s lend themselves to this style of painting. I can apply paint using rollers, spray, knife, sponge, hands, hair blowers, maybe even a brush, one layer over another.” Some of his abstracts are more representational by design, others are produced solely by visualizing past experience, outdoors in nature.

The portraits Stephen paints transform every day, local people into the hero-ines they truly are. Most portraits begin with a model photo shoot to capture poses, followed by multiple design sessions before the final composition is rendered on canvas. Stephen explains that his portraits have historically been more representational, requiring tighter media control. Slowly, over time, that is changing with further abstraction. “Oil is the media of choice for portrait work, so much better than acrylics for blending skin tones, hair and clothing.”

“Trained in chemical photography, I started out my career spending hours in dark rooms, freezing time with my camera, then projecting light and processing images. Now it’s impossible to shake the concept of capturing moments time. I still use a camera in all phases of my portrait artwork, but it’s just a tool. Something better happens when I paint. And when I finally invoke a connection with another person, far deeper than what I can accomplish with a camera, there is nothing better in this world.”


11 works for sale

SugarShack

Stephen Harkola, United States

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US$ 1,000

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Peace by Stephen Harkola

Stephen Harkola, United States

Painting

US$ 830

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Burrasca by Stephen Harkola

Stephen Harkola, United States

Painting

US$ 1,670

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Independence by Stephen Harkola

Stephen Harkola, United States

Painting

US$ 1,570

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Spirit Dance by Stephen Harkola

Stephen Harkola, United States

Painting

US$ 1,470

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Fire Water by Stephen Harkola

Stephen Harkola, United States

Painting

US$ 580

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Jack o'lantern by Stephen Harkola

Stephen Harkola, United States

Painting

US$ 1,570

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Miniera by Stephen Harkola

Stephen Harkola, United States

Painting

US$ 1,770

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Concezione by Stephen Harkola

Stephen Harkola, United States

Painting

US$ 2,210

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Scala ad Caelum by Stephen Harkola

Stephen Harkola, United States

Painting

US$ 2,410

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Subterranean by Stephen Harkola

Stephen Harkola, United States

Painting

US$ 1,670

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More About Stephen Harkola

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What inspires you?

Hanging a body of work together on a white wall with gallery lighting. Awesome. Unfortunately, the pandemic has changed that

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Describe your creative process.

The abstracts are created stream of conscious but I have to lay out a color pallet and stick to it or they get muddy fast. The figurative work usually starts with photoshoots, which I use to start and design the composition. I also attend a local life drawing studio and do timed charcoal work to stay loose and keep my rendering skills strong

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What are 3 words that best describe your work?

Contrast, contrast, contrast

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Who are some artists that have influenced your work?

Lita Cabellut, Malcolm Liepke, Jeremy Mann, Mark Demsteader, Iryna Yermolova, Peter Wilemann

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What is the most important tool when creating your work?

Music

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What is the best piece of advice you have been given?

Stay off Instagram

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Where do you go for inspiration?

Life drawing with other artists and a live model is top of the list, otherwise anythung to do with water


Collections featuring Stephen Harkola

2 Collections

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67 Artists, 71 Products

Last Updated Feb 18, 2021

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Last Updated Jan 28, 2021

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15 Artists, 21 Products

Last Updated Jan 28, 2021


Credentials

Education

BS Rochester Institute of Technology

United States , 1988

MBA Southern Methodist University

United States , 1990

Exhibitions

CloudCheckr Solo Exhibition

2019

Artist Row Juried Exhibition

2018

MuCCC Solo Show

2018

Awards

Best in Show New York Figure Study Guild

2019

Education

BS Rochester Institute of Technology

United States , 1988

MBA Southern Methodist University

United States , 1990

Exhibitions

CloudCheckr Solo Exhibition

2019

Artist Row Juried Exhibition

2018

MuCCC Solo Show

2018

Awards

Best in Show New York Figure Study Guild

2019

Press

Along Magazine

2019

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