© 2017 By Stéphanie Vandem. 

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ABOUT ME

I paint the situations I wish to highlight, the feelings I wish to stir and the ideas I wish to question. I find myself drawn to situations of struggle & social discomfort. To the strategies we call upon t0  justify the unjustifiable - in the context of the self and others.

 

Inspired by the human-centric and dramatic aesthetics of the Renaissance period, I prefer to look at one individual at a time, positioning my figures against plain backgrounds that emphasize body design and the canvas' edges. 

 

Brazilian by birth and educated in Paris, London, New York and Florence, I allow myself to travel between styles and to approach each sitter or painting-series as a short story that begins and ends in itself. 

 

More recently, I began to work across art platforms; mixing video, sound, installation and social media participation with the more traditional aspects of painting. By engaging viewers emotionally the work raises questions about itself, ourselves and society. 

 

Having started my career as a Costume Designer in London, I went on to do a Masters in Education, lectured in Child Cognitive Development, Adult Literacy, Headed an Art dept. and  managed many Community Art's projects; including the Art Centre: Scene on the Green in Aberdeenshire.

 

Before settling in the North East of Scotland I worked in New York, London, France and the Cayman Islands. My paintings can be found in several international private collections.

 

I had the honor of painting the formal portrait of the Bishop of Aberdeen and the daughters of ‘Call the Midwife' and 'Downton Abbey' TV director Minkie Spiro, more recently my work has been purchased by international art dealer Iwan Wirth for the  luxury Fife Arms Hotel.