Shelbyville One: Artist Proof
Landscape with the upper two-thirds a blue and pinkish-purple sky and the lower third is a landscape with green grass and a white and brown path. There are dark purple trees in the mid ground and light purple trees and two small buildings in the background. There are highlights throughout. Fairly intense colors.The the completed print after the six process proofs. Title written in lower left, "Artist Proof" written in center, signed in lower right.
Stephen Duren attended the San Francisco Art Institute in the 1970s, and always favored working outside, directly from nature. During these periods of pleinair painting, he absorbed countless textures and patterns from the landscape, including that particular quality of light that is unique to California. This visual vocabulary became the foundation for his painting, moving from realism to abstraction. He was inspired by many European artists from the 1800s, including Constable, Corot, Corbet, Sisley, Van Gogh and Monet.