Fine Art research – John Stezaker

John Stezaker is an English conceptual artist. He attended the Slade School of Art in London graduating in 1973 with a Higher Diploma in Fine art. In the mid-2000s his work was rediscovered by the art market and is now collected by several international collectors and museums. His work is often made using collage and pre-existing images such as postcards, film stills, and publicity photographs. One piece of work included in an exhibition at Salama-Caro Gallery, London, in 1991, an image of a punch clock with the caption “Why spend time on an exhibition like this?” Up until 2006 he was senior tutor in critical historical studies at the Royal College of Art in London.

I decided to research in to John Stezaker because during a presentation I really loved his work. I was going to use him as inspiration creating something similar to his work but felt this was too easy. His work seems really simple but it’s so effective. When looking at the faces he’s merged together not only does it look strange, especially when it’s a man and woman but it makes me wonder who they are. It amazes me how the image below looks like one person. You can tell there’s a lady and a man but their features are so similar the face blends into one. It makes me wonder if they could be related or if there’s just some coincidence they look similar. If that is the case its brilliant how John managed to find these people and merge their faces together. The perfection to the lining up of the faces is done so well it’s unbelievable. When I experimented with this technique it wasn’t as easy as I thought it might be. Trying to find the same size faces to combine was difficult and also finding faces in a similar position. However after trying many attempts I did manage to align some faces perfectly and they look great. John Stezaker’s work is very different to other artists and this makes him unique.

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