Stuart Amos is a Melbourne based artist living in Brunswick who works predominantly with oil paints, focusing on portraiture and the human form. Although Stuart has been painting for many years he has no formal training in art.
I chose oil on canvas as my medium because I am drawn to this traditional method for its epic qualities. Recently I have been using multiple canvasses joined in various configurations, in order to diversify the composition and to challenge the viewer in the way the composition is presented. My arts practice is very much informed by my powers of observation and long hours of practice.
I consider my paintings a still shot within a larger story enticing the viewer to think about how the subject arrived in its present state. In this way the viewer is drawn into the painting creating an intimate experience. I believe art is subjective as it is a personal experience. In this way individuals bring different views and interpretations to the work. I know what a painting means to me when I paint it, but others may interpret it differently allowing for added layers of meaning.
I am drawn to realism but also use the avant- garde impact of the surrealist style to give my work a sense of power and drama.
My influences are foremost inspired by the growth and destruction of the natural world as well as that of human endeavours.