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Current Location:
Cook-DeVos Center for Health Sciences -> 3rd Floor (CHS)
Location Notes:
CHS; 3rd fl., Central Hall, left of rm. 323


Stephen Duren
Gift of Dr. and Mrs. Lonson Barr
Oil and Charcoal on Canvas
Artworks - Height: 37 in Width: 40 in
Oil and charcoal painting depicting a Sketch of a house on a green corner with several small sketches above and to the left. All sketches are contained within their own square.
Historical Context:
Stephen Duren attended the San Francisco Art Institute in the 1970s but skipped many of his studio classes in favor of 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, as he moved from realism to abstraction. He was inspired by numerous European artists from the 1800s, including Constable, Corot, Corbet, Sisley, Van Gogh and Monet. Much of his work remains semi-abstract, but Duren is often pulled away from his studio by a call he has answered since his youth to paint directly from nature.