Mark Stephenson

Visual artist and designer living in Ottawa Canada.

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Upcoming Shows:
Figureworks - Vernissage on Nov 24th
Patrick Gordon Group Show - Vernisage on Nov 27th 7pm
Ottawa Art Council Luck on Dec 3rd

Drawings

Pen and Ink Life Drawing by Mark Stephenson
Pen and Ink Life Drawing by Mark Stephenson
Pen and Ink Life Drawing by Mark Stephenson
Pen and Ink Life Drawing by Mark Stephenson
Pen and Ink Life Drawing by Mark Stephenson
Pen and Ink Life Drawing by Mark Stephenson
Pen and Ink Life Drawing by Mark Stephenson
Pen and Ink Life Drawing by Mark Stephenson

Paintings

Windows of Opportunity (detail) Oil Painting by Mark Stephenson
Golden, Oil Painting by Mark Stephenson
Oil Painting by Mark Stephenson
Pondering (detail) Oil Painting by Mark Stephenson
Oil Painting by Mark Stephenson
Oil Painting by Mark Stephenson

Social Portraits (#socialportraits)

Social Portraits is a series of oil paintings that I paint from online social media profile photos, photograph then share online for everyone to see, share, and comment on. I’m out to capture that epic selfie, perfect angle, big moment, the morning after or whatever it is that you have used to represent your carefully crafted online persona. Anyone can apply to be a part of the series, yeah that means you.

As the portraits are completed, and even in progress, I’ll be posting images on-line on Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, Ello etc. and on the Social Portraits web site while using the hashtag #sociaportraits. It’s great to see the shares and comments, thats a big part of the project for me, it becomes more than just paintings.

I will be kicking off a crowdfunding campaign very soon to help fund this project moving forward, keep an eye out for updates on this!

  • SP 001 - A Beginning
  • SP 003 - Michael
  • SP 004 - Darcy
  • SP 005 - Mhadi
  • SP 006 - Carolynn
  • SP 007 - Marc
  • SP 008 - Erik
  • SP 009 - John
  • SP 010 - Aime
  • SP 011 - Lillian
  • SP 012 - Megan
  • SP 013 - Tiana
  • SP 014 - Justy
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You could be a part of this project, find out more here

The List

"Are you on The List, you know that elite, get you into places list? No, well come sit in a chair worthy of a VIP for a moment or two, while Mark creates a piece of art based on you and your VIP qualities."

The List is an art installation at Nuit Blanche Ottawa that provided both a spectator and a individual VIP experience. The willing participants (VIPs) we’re greeted, walked the red carpet and sat in a chair within an exclusive, decorated, open air lit space. At that point, Mark talked with the VIPs while creating a quick gestural abstracted portrait sketch. Once complete the portrait was revealed, set aside to dry, and hung on a purpose built structure for all to see. Before the participant left, they we're pin that lets people know, “Hey, I’m on the List!”.

The List grew over the course of the night, final count involved 100 paintings but represents many more VIPs than that. Many times groups of 2, 3, 4 and 5 would come in together and be represented as a group in one painting.

Fun Facts:

  • Used reclaimed interior latex paint.
  • Design and fabricated painting tools, structure, hooks and panels
  • Painted from 6 till 4 am
  • Mark Painting
  • Mark Painting
  • Mark Painting
  • Mark Painting
  • Finished paintings hanging at NBOG
  • Finished paintings hanging at NBOG
  • Finished paintings hanging in Mark's studio
  • Finished paintings hanging in Mark's studio
  • Finished paintings hanging in Mark's studio
  • Finished paintings hanging in Mark's studio
  • Finished paintings hanging in Mark's studio
  • Finished paintings hanging in Mark's studio

NBOG Firefly

Firefly is a wearable, social light installation. These playful, wearable Firefly pendants, flow through various light sequences, based on human contact and socialization patterns, engaging their audiences into discussion and exchange. From a vantage point the keepers of the fireflies will paint an array of light, data and human interaction into a new space. 250 Fireflies we’re distributed at the opening event of the Nuit Blanche Ottawa Gatineau 2013 festival.

Firefly is an artistic collaboration between Mark Stephenson, Michael Grant and Darcy Whyte.

This project received funding and assistance from RecycleYourElectronics.ca, the Awesome Ottawa Foundation and ArtEngine and has recently received a grant from the Ontario Arts Council for continued development on the project. Version 2 is underway and will be revealed soon.

  • Michael Darcy and Mark posing with their Fireflies
  • Firefly at the Artists Launch Party
  • Firefly at the RecycleYourElectronics.ca Booth
  • Firefly at NBOG Basecamp Launch Party
  • Photo of the Firefly
  • Firefly at the Ottawa Mini Maker Fair
Ontario Arts Council

HipsterMonocle

The HipsterMonocle is a small laser cut monocle like object with a handle and interchangeable lenses. The HipsterMonocle takes it’s inspiration from photo haring apps Instagram and Facebook. The monocle adopts the square photo format, rounds the corners and even has coloured lenses responding to the concept of filters. All said and done, it’s a fun, social analogue to Instagram.

Eventually the project comes full circle back to the online space with a web site that documents the use of the HipsterMonocle online via photos tagged with #hipstermonocle.

This project started as a concept exploration used as part of Mark's Designing for Laser cutting workshop. The project has since had a couple commissions; one for the Creative Cities Summit in Ottawa in 2013 and for a fundraiser for Nuit Blanche Ottawa + Gatineau 2014. For the NBOG fundraiser a new version of the monocle has been developed that has a specific connection to the theme of Detour.

  • Dual HipsterMonocles
  • Original HipsterMonocle with no lens
  • HipsterMonocle in use
  • HipsterMonocle in use
  • HipsterMonocle in use
  • Hand painted lenses
  • Creative Cities Summit HipsterMonocle packages
  • Creative Cities Summit HipsterMonocle
  • Nuite Blanche Ottawa Gatineau Limited Editon Detour Hipster Monocle

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