In this current collection of work, I deconstruct my original photographs, and then alter the narrative of these photos by using dots and grids. I've always been interested aesthetically by the mass grouping of dots and the combination of those dots to create an image. In some of my earlier works as a young artist and photorealist, I used rapidograph pens and ink as my medium. As an architectural designer, the use of grids as an organizing means has always played an important part in the planning of my design work and aesthetic. I now combine these dots and grids to create my current work.
Up close, each piece has its own dot ratio and is an abstract of these varied sized dots within an invisible grid. For example, the "Ionic Columns" has a dot ratio of 7:9, while the "Rose" has a more severe dot ratio of 5:9, thus making the image more abstract up close. As one steps away from any of these images, the dots begin to connect and bond, solidifying and clarifying the photograph's composition.
BEZAS, STEPHEN (ARS)
(American - b. 1949)
Born and raised in New York City. He attended the High School of Art and Design and then the School of Visual Arts where he greatly admired and was influenced by artist Chuck Close, first as a student of Close’s and later as a friend. Bezas has had a career as a painter, photographer, and designer.
A neo-pointillist, Bezas has also been inspired by historically important pointillist artists such as Georges Seurat and Paul Signac. Bezas’ distinctive trademark is the vertical and horizontal stacks of dots contained within a grid, which he sometimes places on a diagonal. Another distinct narrative of his art is the alternating dot pattern achieved by the smaller grids within larger ones and the two alternating dot sizes. He has created a contemporary hybrid using his design sensibilities, photography and painting talents, blurring the lines among the three. The dots in his art interrelate and culminate into something that’s larger than the sum of its parts.
The viewer is utterly transfixed to realize that the work is created from a mélange of meticulously placed dots of varying sizes into an underlying grid in an artistic, mathematical process, whereby the actual composition comes alive with exciting recognition.
Bezas’ keen eye and sense of imagery would prove him to be fruitful neo-pointillist artist in his own right. The nuances of his imagination and portrayals of myriad aspects of the human form and objects allows him to create fascinating collections such as Nudes, Americana, Flora, Urban Themes and more.
Bezas sees himself as a contemporary artist rooted by his early pointillism and grids. He jokes about how his art has been influenced navigating the street grids of Manhattan to the grids of his designs.