Balls, 2017
Oil and Cold Wax Medium on Canvas
5’ x 6’


Suck, 2017
Oil and Cold Wax Medium on Canvas
5’ x 6’

Bio:
Stevan Dupus is a Gay Asian Artist currently living in San Diego. He is currently in his 2nd year of Grad school and holds a Bachelor’s of Fine Arts Degree in Drawing and Painting from California State University – Long Beach as well as an Associate in Arts – Visual & Performing Arts (Three Dimensional Art) from San Diego City College. He was born in Kansas City, Missouri and moved to San Diego, California, with the intent on studying art. Having worked for over 10 years within the San Diego Gay Bar community Stevan’s work is a continual narrative of his encounters within the San Diego Nightlife.

Statement:
Having worked extensively as a bar manager and bartender within the LGBT community, I have observed continual trends occurring within the San Diego Gay bar scene. The “social interactions” that occur between LGBT men and woman while under the influence of drugs and alcohol have an underlying sense of loneliness. Common themes in my paintings are the contrasts between joy and sadness, happiness and depression, loneliness and affection, and internal and external emotions. The colors I choose in my paintings reflect the dark and alluring atmospheres found in these nocturnal meeting places. Unusual highlights and heavily saturated colors reflect neon lights and color filters so often found in night clubs. The heavy paint application within my work is a symbolic representation of intoxication and also a tool for depicting spatial depth. The images in my compositions are composed through multiple observations and combined imagery. Photographic cropping brings the viewer closer in to the action of the narrative so that they may experience the portrayed persons underlying emotions.

As I explore my work further, I begin to ask myself what is it about the LGBT community that drives so many of us to drugs and alcohol? What are the psychological reasons behind it and how can I portray them on a canvas? I’m also beginning to look at the conflicts that occur in the microcosms of the LGBT community. Why do gay men and lesbian women have animosity against each other, especially in the older male community? Is there a reason why “twinks” find “bears” disgusting and visa versa? How has acceptance changed in the younger generation and how has that altered their abuse of drugs and alcohol for the better or worse?


Website: http://stevandupusarts.com/