In his "Film Portrait" series beginning in the 1980s, slices of faces from movie star headshots are overlaid atop others to create disconcerting hybrids. Purchased by the Contemporary Art Society with the support of The Art Fund and the Esmée Fairbairn Foundation for York Art Gallery. © 2020 Contemporary Art Society is a company limited by guarantee. Contemporary Art Society uses cookies to ensure we give you the best experience on our website. York Art Gallery is developing a collection of contemporary art which examines artists’ responses to the body and ‘flesh’. If you continue, we'll assume that you are happy to receive all cookies on the Contemporary Art Society website. Etty was an assiduous student of the Royal Academy’s Life Class. For Fall XII and Fall XIII Deutsche Börse 2012 photography prize winning artist John Stezaker uses source material from Arthur Thompson’s book Anatomy for Art Students, a core text for students at the Slade School of Art until the 1970s. Limited-Edition Prints by Leading Artists. Conceptual and appropriation artist John Stezaker is known for his Surrealist-influenced collages crafted from found images manipulated and juxtaposed into new concordances.In his "Film Portrait" series beginning in the 1980s, slices of faces from movie star headshots are overlaid atop others to create disconcerting hybrids. Find Out More. Reg in England & Wales N° 255486. Represented by internationally reputable galleries. In his collages, Stezaker appropriates images found in books, magazines, and postcards and uses them as ‘readymades’. Other sources include antique pornography, vintage postcards, and book illustrations, showing Stezaker's interest in workaday imagery forced to go beyond its essential purpose. In his "Unassisted Readymades" (1973-), he sets untouched images in new, unlikely angles. Charity reg N° 208178. The fact that John Stezaker received the prestigious Deutsche Börse photography prize for his collages, causing mixed reactions, proved that this form of art is very much alive and well, but also quite controversial. We provide art lovers and art collectors with one of the best places on the planet to discover modern and contemporary art. John Grenville Stezaker, born in 1949, is an English conceptual artist, whose work is surreal in tone and is often made using collage and the appropriation of pre-existing images such as postcards, film stills, and publicity photographs. Stezaker is now considered a major influence on the Young British Art movement. John Stezaker is a British conceptual artist. Conceptual and appropriation artist John Stezaker is known for his Surrealist-influenced collages crafted from found images manipulated and juxtaposed into new concordances. Modern & Contemporary Art Resource. John Stezaker's best photograph 'I collected pictures of smokers. Donations of all sizes help sustain emerging artists at the beginning of their careers and ensure that their work has inspirational impact on audiences across the UK, Supported using public funding by Arts Council England. His life studies provide an interesting contrast to Stezaker’s ambiguous and unsettling collages of male and female bodies. His life studies provide an interesting contrast to Stezaker’s ambiguous and unsettling collages of male and female bodies. This capsule collection strongly relates to the gallery’s historic collection, which includes a large number of works by York born artist William Etty (1787 – 1849) who specialised in the female nude. © 2013-2020 Widewalls | John Stezaker’s work re-examines the various relationships to the photographic image: as documentation of truth, purveyor of memory, and symbol of modern culture. Stezaker’s work also explores issues around traditional artistic training including the place of anatomical study and life drawing, thus relating closely to the history of York Art Gallery, which housed York’s art school until the 1970s. Stezaker is now considered a major influence on the Young British Art movement. In the early 70's Stezaker was among the first of many British conceptual artists to rebel against what was then the predominance of Pop art. Stezaker’s two collages have particular resonance with Etty’s pencil drawing Standing Female Nude, circa 1820s, which shows a side view of a female model, and The Wrestlers, circa 1840, which like Stezaker’s collages show a contrast of skin tones. John Stezaker, an artist whose work has enjoyed in recent years a justly deserved second spring, is no stranger to pictures from the past resurfacing. Featured image: John Stezaker, via photographyschool.nl; John Stezaker - Pair IV, 2007, via Guardian. John Grenville Stezaker, born in 1949, is an English conceptual artist, whose work is surreal in tone and is often made using collage and the appropriation of pre-existing images such as postcards, film stills, and publicity photographs. We aim at providing better value for money than most. Stay up to date with the latest news and events and receive our monthly newsletter.