Gaylen Stewart
  • Phoenix, AZ
  • United States
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Art Criticism, Mixed Media, Museum/Gallery, Painting, Works on Paper
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Gaylen Stewart
4117 E Gelding DR, Phoenix, AZ 85032

My art crosses multidisciplinary boundaries spanning painting, sculpture and poetry/text combined with medical documentation and symbolic imagery. I enjoyed collaborating with poet and artist, Steve Scott. I am stretching the parameters of painting and exploring conceptual ideas about the essence of “being” on physical and spiritual levels. I do this through symbols and metaphorical imagery.

Years ago, a bout with cancer, and subsequent healing, piqued my interest in the connection between the natural and spiritual realms. My art grows from the crossover between medicine, science, language, philosophy and spirituality. I view my working process as a type of scientific discovery and metaphysical exploration. I convey this interconnectedness by combining my x-rays, sonograms, and CT scans with referential imagery. Juxtaposed objects, text and signs are re-contextualized in relationship to my medical documentation.

My mixed-media paintings evolve through a process of exploration. Photos, fabric, metal, found objects, natural forms, prints and paint are combined and collaged in a manner that builds a visually complex surface. This surface reveals traces of previous stages of the process—a history of being and a reference to metamorphosis. The layering of paint and objects forms a "skin," physically and symbolically. Light adds an ethereal quality and functions to illuminate transparent films and objects housed in boxes within the composition. I repurpose found items like insects, lizards, fish, shells, pods, flowers and wasp nests as part of the process. I am drawn to such structures that reveal complexity, and for their symbolic meaning. Words, as well as visual forms, affect the content—they modify the images due to their interaction with them. Overall, I am interested in exploring themes of regeneration and restoration through recurring patterns and cycles of life.

Along with insects and plants, bird images are also integral to my work. There is a connection, for me, between bird song and activity, human communication and social interactions. I find the songs of birds a mysterious language that reflects purpose yet is outside my understanding. I draw comparisons to human language and social systems, their composition and deterioration, referencing laws of thermodynamics and entropy. I relate these to the interactions in relationships on a physical as well as spiritual level. My desire is that this visual dialogue will have a healing effect on art and my audience through meaningful, conscious and subconscious, connections.
Accomplishments / CV
4117 E Gelding DR, Phoenix, AZ 85032

2008-Present—Glendale Community College, Glendale, AZ. Residential Faculty
Grand Canyon University, Phoenix, AZ. Associate Professor of Art
University of Rio Grande, Rio Grande, OH
Ohio University, Athens, OH

Ohio University, Athens, OH. MFA 1986
Central Washington University, Ellensburg, WA. BA 1984
Green River Community College, Auburn, WA. AA 1982

Professional Development Assistance Award. $1000.00. Ohio Arts Council
Individual Artist’s Fellowship. $10,000.00. Ohio Arts Council
Ohio Arts Council Projects Grant. $4000.00+ Ohio Arts Council
Individual Artist's Fellowship. $4000.00+ Ohio Arts Council
Change Inc. Robert Rauschenberg, James Rosenquist jurors
Ohio Arts Council. $50,000 Major Fellowship Award finalist

Glendale Community College Gallery. Glendale, AZ
Union University. Jackson, TN
Gallery W. Sacramento, CA
Biola University. Los Angeles, CA
A.P. Tell Gallery. Grand Canyon University. Phoenix, AZ
Plymouth Art Foundation. Plymouth, WI
Southern Ohio Museum. Portsmouth, OH
Trumbull Art Gallery. Warren, OH
The Esther Allen Greer Museum. University of Rio Grande. Rio Grande, OH
Kansas City Artist’s Coalition. Kansas City, MO
The Pomerene Fine Arts Centre. Coshocton, OH
Zanesville Art Center. Zanesville, OH
Rosewood Arts Centre. Kettering, OH
The French Art Colony. Gallipolis, OH
Neo-Nineties Gallery. Columbus, OH

The Albuquerque Museum. Albuquerque, NM
Arizona Museum for Youth. Mesa, AZ
Herberger Theater Center Gallery. Phoenix, AZ
Southeastern Ohio Cultural Arts Center. Athens, OH
Artrageous. Cornerstone Festival. Exhibition and Seminar speaker. Bushnell, IL
Corvallis Arts Center. Corvallis, OR
Southern Ohio Museum. Portsmouth, OH
Bockrath Gallery. Cleveland, OH
The Mariboe Gallery at the Peddie School. Hightstown, NJ
Southeastern Ohio Cultural Arts Center. Athens, OH
State Univ. Of N.Y. Brockport, NY
Pavilion Galleries. Mt. Holly, NJ
Bauhaus Gallery. Wilmington, NC
Rosewood Arts Centre. Kettering, OH
Sandusky Cultural Center. Sandusky, OH
Cincinnati Artist's Group Effort (C.A.G.E.). Cincinnati, OH
The McDonough Museum of Art. Youngstown, OH
Abney Gallery. New York, NY
Louisville Visual Art Association. Louisville, KY
Artswatch Gallery. Louisville, KY
Cleveland Center for Contemporary Art. Ohio Selections X. Invited. Cleveland, OH
Fort Hayes School for the Visual Arts Gallery. Columbus, OH
SPACES. Cleveland, OH
Roy G Biv Gallery. Columbus, OH
Roberta Kuhn Gallery. Columbus, OH

Mesa Contemporary Arts Center. Mesa, AZ
CIVA, Ignite. La Mirada, CA
Huntington Museum of Art. Huntington, WV
The Butler Institute of American Art. Youngstown, OH
Southeastern Ohio Cultural Arts Center. Athens, OH
Alexandria Museum of Art. Alexandria, LA
Southern Ohio Museum. Portsmouth, OH
Laramie Art Guild. Laramie, WY
Galeria Mesa, Mesa Cultural Program. Mesa, AZ
The Butler Institute of American Art. Youngstown, OH
Olin Fine Arts Gallery. Washington, PA
Bradley University. Peoria, IL
Western Colorado Center for the Arts. Grand Junction, CO
Parkersburg Arts Center. Parkersburg, WV
Schoharie County Arts Council. Cobleskill, NY
Bellevue Art Museum. Bellevue, WA., Jacob Lawrence, juror.

It Was Good: Making Art to the Glory of God. Square Halo Books. (Searching Beneath the Surface chapter, pp. 237-258.)
New American Paintings, Vol. 22. James Roneau, Asst. Curator of Contemporary Art at the Art Institute of Chicago, juror.
CIVA publication, vol. 6, issue 1. Reproduction. Minneapolis, MN
Inklings Magazine. Review and Reproductions. Denver, CO
ARTYFACT, the Magazine of the Arts Centre Group. London, UK. Review & reproduction. Issue 8.
Dialogue, Arts in the Midwest. Review and reproduction.
Cornerstone magazine. Cover art and reproductions. Vol. 25, Issue 110, pp. 30-32.
Umbrella magazine. Review and reproduction.

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